Ellen Feldman

Terrible Virtue, a novel

An Amazon Best Books of the Month Pick

A Vanity Fair Hot Type Pick

A New York Times Daily Briefing Pick

An Elle Readers' Prize #1 Pick

"A beautifully wrought, compulsively readable novel." Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra & The Witches

"Feldman compellingly portrays the difficult choices confronting women living in a man's world...and effectively pulls readers into historical New York. This immersive, moving, and thought-provoking book is worthy of the intense discussions it's sure to spark." Booklist (starred)

"A narration in a lively first-person voice that is elegiac as well as triumphant." Kirkus Reviews

"Compelling ...An excellent choice for book groups." Library Journal

"We need this book now more than ever." Elle Magazine

"A quick, compulsive read…fascinating and compelling...timely." Janet Levine, New York Journal of Books

"What impresses about Feldman's novel is the subtle honesty of the portrait it puts on display... by getting imaginatively inside its protagonist, [the novel] reminds one, better than a straightforward biography might, that Sanger was a good deal more complicated than the cardboard cutout to which her reputation is often reduced... Feldman did her homework." Frank Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Brutally honest and beautifully poignant…puts readers in the middle of history... I can't recommend it enough." Melissa Broder, Bibliotica

"An amazing, eye opening, breathtaking read... incredibly well written…I was so moved…I cannot praise this book enough." Sara, Stranded in Chaos

"This is one engrossing novel... a superb read!" Amy Steele, Entertainment Realm

"One of the most directly relevant pieces of historical fiction I've read in a long time…deftly introduces complexity and nuance…I finished reading this book about five hours ago and I'm still worked up about it." Annie, A Bookish Type

"Powerful... the timing is eerily apt." Lauren Bufferd, BookPage

"The writing is beautiful and evocative... I loved learning about this impressive rebel woman and Ellen Feldman did a wonderful job bringing her [and her world]to life...it covers so much ground—from the slums of New York and New Jersey, to the rich and poor areas of Paris and London, to a workhouse and prison, to a love commune in Europe...excellent." A Literary Vacation

"Thought-provoking and absorbing... held me captive... Feldman presents Margaret Sanger not as a saint or a sinner, but as a complex, flawed visionary... very much worth reading." Books on the Table

"This book is an eye opener. A fascinating woman, an amazing life, and an influence that changed the world." Marlene Harris, Reading Reality

"Utterly captivating...a view into… the Dark Ages of women's health and health care and a complex depiction of Margaret Sanger." Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books

"Feldman does a great job of bringing all [Sanger's] contradictions to life...I honestly couldn't put the book down... irresistible... couldn't be more timely." Feminist Texican

"Absolutely loved it and want a sequel." Kritters Ramblings

"Could not have hit the bookstores at a more opportune time...amazing." Sherrey Meyer, Puddletown Reviews

"Compelling and fascinating... Feldman paints Margaret Sanger as the human being she likely was... coming out at a time when it is needed most." Bookish Thoughts

Read this one; it's a story young women today need to know." Time 2 Read

TERRIBLE VIRTUE, by Ellen Feldman

Terrible Virtue a novel

Available now from HarperCollins

Ellen Feldman tells the story of the mother of birth control, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and an American champion of women around the world—as she herself might have told it.

The provocative and compelling story of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the twentieth century: Margaret Sanger, an indomitable woman who, more than any other, and at great personal cost, shaped the sexual landscape we inhabit today.