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CANCELLED Author Signing with Ann Leary, Author of The Foundling

Submitted by elmstreetbooks on Wed, 06/08/2022 - 10:16am

CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled.

About The Foundling

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good House, the story of two friends, raised in the same orphanage, whose loyalty is put to the ultimate test when they meet years later at a controversial institution—one as an employee; the other, an inmate.

It’s 1927 and eighteen-year-old Mary Engle is hired to work as a secretary at a remote but scenic institution for mentally disabled women called the Nettleton State Village for Feebleminded Women of Childbearing Age. She’s immediately in awe of her employer—brilliant, genteel Dr. Agnes Vogel.

Dr. Vogel had been the only woman in her class in medical school. As a young psychiatrist she was an outspoken crusader for women’s suffrage. Now, at age forty, Dr. Vogel runs one of the largest and most self-sufficient public asylums for women in the country. Mary deeply admires how dedicated the doctor is to the poor and vulnerable women under her care.

Soon after she’s hired, Mary learns that a girl from her childhood orphanage is one of the inmates. Mary remembers Lillian as a beautiful free spirit with a sometimes-tempestuous side. Could she be mentally disabled? When Lillian begs Mary to help her escape, alleging the asylum is not what it seems, Mary is faced with a terrible choice. Should she trust her troubled friend with whom she shares a dark childhood secret? Mary’s decision triggers a hair-raising sequence of events with life-altering consequences for all.

Inspired by a true story about the author’s grandmother, The Foundling offers a rare look at a shocking chapter of American history. This gripping page-turner will have readers on the edge of their seats right up to the stunning last page.

About Ann Leary

Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of a memoir and four novels including The Good House. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages, and she has written for The New York Times, Ploughshares, NPR, Redbook, and Real Simple, among other publications. Her essay, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive,” was adapted for Prime Video’s television series, Modern Love. She lives with her husband in New York. Visit her online at AnnLeary.com. 

Photo Credit: Scott M. Lacey

Event Details

Date and Time:
Wednesday, June 15th at 6-7PM

Location:
Elm Street Books
35 Elm St
New Canaan, CT 06840
203-966-4545

No registration required for this event, all are welcome!

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
35 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
The Foundling: A Novel By Ann Leary Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982120382
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - May 31st, 2022