What Girls Are Good For: A Novel of Nellie Bly

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19th Century

David Blixt

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Nellie Bly invents undercover reporting to expose stories no one else tells, stories of working women, of divorce, of government corruption. Moving to New York, she risks everything for the biggest story of her career - feigning madness to expose the harsh conditions of the Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum.


Gothic, Family, Drama, Biographical, Adventure, Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

Cheated out of her father's fortune, Elizabeth Cochrane lives with her mother and 3 brothers, trying to make ends meet. A newspaper column dismissing working women spurs her to pen an angry reply, a letter that lands her a job unheard of in 1885 - a female reporter. She takes the name Nellie Bly.


1880s Pittsburgh, Mexico City, New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Nellie Bly (nee Elizabeth "Pink" Cochrane)

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Desperate, Unapologetic, Sarcastic, Aspiring, Insecure, Narcissistic, Perseverance, Adventurous, Blunt, Aggressive, Badass, Empathetic, Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Erasmus Wilson (aka "The Quiet Observer")

Age: 43

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Charming, Heartthrob, Honorable, Patriotic, Confident, Educated, Engaging, Masculine, Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Mary Jane Cochrane

Age: 65

Gender: Female

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Uneducated, Charming, Complex, Empathetic, Insecure, Manipulative, Modest, Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Albert Cochrane

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Manipulative, Power-hungry, Aggressive, Charming, Narcissistic, Sarcastic, Villainous, Funny, Greedy

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Creativia

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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