My essay on Charlotte Perkins Gilman is up at LitHub!

Behind-the-scenes glimpse: I wrote this essay, from scratch, twice. I spent a full week pulling research tidbits, choosing quotes from “The Yellow Wallpaper,” synthesizing my argument, citing my sources, tweaking every sentence — and one morning before boarding a plane for a book event, as I went to send it to my publicist so she could submit it for consideration, I went to attach the 1000-word file I’d worked so hard on, and then… nothing. All traces of the file had disappeared from my computer, somehow. I swore I’d saved as I went along, but the filename didn’t even appear in any of the directories on my Mac. All that work had vanished.

I was not happy.

But I’ve always wanted to have an essay on LitHub, and I desperately wanted to tell this Charlotte’s story (in addition to the fictional Charlotte Smith’s story that I tell in Woman 99, and you’ll see in the essay how these two are linked), so I went ahead and boarded my plane, and as soon as the voice over the loudspeaker said “We have reached cruising altitude… you may now use laptop computers,” I started all over again.

The good news was that it went faster the second time. The even better news was that LitHub accepted it for publication. It went live a few days ago and the response has been wonderful to see.

And now all you have to do is click here — once — to read it.

loving those WOMAN 99 reader reviews!

My goodness, the last 10 days have FLOWN. How is it possible that Woman 99 only came out last week? Last week! The warm reception has been so wonderful to see. Pictures of the book on Instagram, reader reviews all over the place, in-person discussion at events — I’m so glad to have readers’ support and enthusiasm, since that’s what it’s all about.

And those reader reviews have been pouring in! There are already 200 ratings and 130 reviews on Goodreads, not to mention 40 reviews on Amazon. (Yes, I read them all, even the negative ones — and I appreciate them all, even the negative ones! Though obviously I enjoy reading the positive ones a lot more.)

Book bloggers have been reading and reviewing on their own blogs too, and here are highlights from a few I really loved (click on the blog name for the full review!):

“Woman 99 is powerful, upsetting, and incredibly descriptive, showing us through Charlotte’s struggles the restricted roles available to women, the way certain women could be so easily discarded by society, and the shocking lack of value a woman was deemed to have if she dared step outside society’s norms.” — Bookshelf Fantasies

“WOMAN 99 is historical fiction, women’s fiction, mystery, and thriller all rolled into one.  If you enjoy those genres, some nasty characters, and strong female characters, you will want to read this book.” — Silver’s Reviews

“Beautifully crafted with rich historical detail, flawless and fleshed out characters as well as an engaging storyline, WOMAN 99 by Greer Macallister is an unforgettable treat to read and savor.” - Fresh Fiction

And now back to more WomensHistoryReads — we’ve got half of March still to go!

WOMAN 99 recommended for your book club!

The wonderful Kate Quinn, author of the runaway bestseller The Alice Network and the upcoming The Huntress, put together a fabulous list of historical fiction recommendations for book clubs at BookBub. And of course I was thrilled to see WOMAN 99 on the list.

Great books like Kris Waldherr’s The Lost History of Dreams, which I’ve read and blurbed, are here, as well as some that are new to me and now I’m desperate to read. (Historical fiction except with Aphrodite? Sign me up!)

Check out the whole list on BookBub here.

(Also, if you’re not following me on BookBub, please do! I regularly share recommendations for my favorite reads, and it’s a great way to find new authors and books you’ll love.)

99-day countdown to WOMAN 99!

It’s hard to know when to start getting excited about a new book. Too far ahead and would-be readers get frustrated because they can’t get their hands on it yet; too close to launch date and you might miss the opportunity to get the right buzz happening at the right time.

WOMAN 99 has been written for a while — a few lucky people got their hands on advance copies as early as last year’s BookExpo in May — but we’re still a few months off from seeing it in bookstores.

So I somewhat arbitrarily made my decision: how about a 99-day countdown to WOMAN 99?

So in the days leading up to March 5, 2019, I’ll be talking up WOMAN 99 on my social media channels — Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter — and I’ve got tidbits, quotes, hints, giveaways and some other great activities in store.

Can’t wait to share Charlotte, Phoebe and the many riveting stories of Goldengrove with you!