What Girls Are Good For
by David Blixt
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Paperback & eBook; 535 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Nellie Bly has the story of a lifetime. But will she survive to tell it?
Enraged by an article entitled ‘What Girls Are Good For’, Elizabeth Cochrane pens an angry letter to the Pittsburgh Dispatch, never imagining a Victorian newspaper would hire a woman reporter. Taking the name Nellie Bly, she struggles against the male-dominated industry, reporting stories no one else will – the stories of downtrodden women.
Chased out of Mexico for revealing government corruption, her romantic advances rejected by a married colleague, Bly earns the chance to break into the New York’s Newspaper Row if she can nab a major scoop – life inside a madhouse. Feigning madness, she dupes the court into committing her to the Insane Asylum on Blackwell’s Island.
But matters are far worse than she ever dreamed. Stripped, drugged, beaten, she must endure a week of terror, reliving the darkest days of her childhood, in order to escape and tell the world her story. Only, at the end of the week, no rescue comes, and she fears she may be trapped forever…
Based on the real-life events of Nellie Bly’s life and reporting, What Girls Are Good For is a tale of rage, determination, and triumph – all in the frame of a tiny Pennsylvania spitfire who refused to let the world tell her how to live her life, and changed the world instead.
Coffee and Ink’s review
I hope the author is going to continue writing about Nellie Bly and the world she lived in. A fantastic story told by a phenomenal historical fiction author. I had a hard time putting this book down!
Deeply offended by a column written in her local newspaper, one that claims girls are only good for marriage and raising children, Nellie fights back with her pen. She’s observed her own mother suffering beneath the boot of her husband, beneath the boot of society that keeps her ever on the edge of poverty. Nellie’s reply is passionate and appeals to the editor of the newspaper. Eventually she is offered a job as a reporter. But she has only begun fighting. Her spirited approach to every battle keeps the narrative rolling without becoming sentimental, from the lives of factory girls, “mashing” male reporters, the Mexican police, and the evil nurses at the Blackwell asylum. The story is realistically told, the research meticulous, with deeper insights into the crusading nature of Nellie Bly.
Praise for What Girls Are Good For
“Dramatic, engrossing, and spirited, What Girls Are Good For takes the reader straight to the heart of an unsung American hero–a feminist icon whose voice rings loud and true. This is a must-read for anyone who loves an underdog and celebrates justice; the perfect accompaniment for our present times.” – Olivia Hawker, international bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night
“With rich imagination and meticulous research, David Blixt has brought the hectic, exciting world of nineteenth-century journalism vividly to life. His Nellie Bly is determined, independent, crafty, irresistible — a heroine any reader would be delighted to get to know.” – Matthew Goodman, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
David Blixt‘s work is consistently described as “intricate,” “taut,” and “breathtaking.” A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS’D series) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY’S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history.
Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, he describes himself as “actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order.”
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