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The Mad Woman’s Ball: Virtual Lunch with French Author Victoria Mas
September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001 United States
Join us for a lunchtime Zoom event (you can eat while we chat!) with French author Victoria Mas on her internationally bestselling and prizewinning literary novel The Mad Woman’s Ball (on sale 9/7)—a gothic, chilling story set in an 1885 Parisian women’s asylum, and soon to be a major motion picture from Amazon Studios.
About The Mad Woman’s Ball:
The Salpêtrière asylum, 1885. All of Paris is in thrall to Doctor Charcot and his displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad or hysterical, outcasts from society. But the truth is much more complicated – for these women are often simply inconvenient, unwanted wives or strong-willed daughters. Once a year a grand ball is held at the hospital. For the Parisian elite, The Mad Women’s Ball is the highlight of the social season; for the women themselves, it is a rare moment of hope.
Geneviève is a senior nurse. After the childhood death of her sister, she has shunned religion and placed her faith in Doctor Charcot and his new science. But everything begins to change when she meets Eugénie, the 19-year-old daughter of a bourgeois family. Because Eugénie has a secret, and she needs Geneviève’s help. Their fates will collide on the night of the Mad Women’s Ball…
Victoria Mas is thirty-two. The Mad Women’s Ball, her first novel, has won several prizes in France (including the Prix Stanislas and Prix Renaudot des Lycéens) and been hailed as the bestselling debut of the season. She has worked in film in the United States, where she lived for eight years. She graduated from the Sorbonne University in Contemporary Literature.