In Victoria Mas’ The Mad Women’s Ball: A Novel, the dazzling displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad and cast from society in 1885 Paris’ Salpêtrière Asylum hide a wicked truth – these women are not sick, just inconvenient. Among them is 19-year-old protagonist Eugenie, who is determined to escape from the asylum and the bonds of her gender. In Virginia Feito’s Mrs. March: A Novel – part Hitchcockian psychological thriller, part social satire – the title character is the proper, dutiful wife of a successful novelist and proud of his success. But after a neighborhood shopkeeper suggests that the detestable protagonist in her husband’s latest work is based on Mrs. March herself, her world begins to spin madly out of control. Moderated by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, authors of Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination.