Ann Leary “The Foundling” Book Discussion

Join in a virtual event with Ann Leary, author of “The Foundling.”


[In Conversation with Lee Woodruff]
May 31 @ 5:00 pm
Powell’s Books
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Join in an in-person event with Ann Leary, author of “The Foundling.”


[In Conversation with Whitney Scharer]
June 2 @ 7:00 pm
An Unlikely Story
111 South Street
Plainville, Massachusetts 02762
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[In Conversation with Mary Jordan]
June 6 @ 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
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[In Conversation with Angela Haupt]
Wed, Jun 8, 2022, 7:00 PM EDT
Midtown Scholar
1302 N 3rd St
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102
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[In Conversation with Maud Newton]
June 9 @ 7:00 pm
The Center for Fiction
15 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(212) 755-6710
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About the Author:

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

About the Book:

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 AgeShe’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…asking themselves, “Did this really happen here?”

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