Author Ann Leary at East Granby Public Library

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 6:30pm

Our friends at East Granby Public Library are hosting author Ann Leary in celebration of her latest release, The Foundling.  River Bend will be there with books!  Grab your book club and take a little road trip to join us, it is sure to be a facinating discussion.

Registration is requested.

 

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.

Ann Leary talks about The Foundling at East Granby Public Library with River Bend BookshopIt’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…asking themselves, “Did this really happen here?”


About the Author

Author Ann Leary at East Granby Public Library with River Bend BookshopAnn 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. 

 

 

Event address: 
East Granby Public Library
24 Center Street
East Granby, CT 06026
Books: 
The Foundling: A Novel By Ann Leary Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982120382
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - May 31st, 2022

The Good House: A Novel By Ann Leary Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250043030
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Published: Picador - October 1st, 2013

The Children: A Novel By Ann Leary Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9781250045386
Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

Modern Love, Revised and Updated: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption By Daniel Jones (Editor), Andrew Rannells (Contributions by), Ayelet Waldman (Contributions by), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Contributions by), Veronica Chambers (Contributions by), Deborah Copaken (Contributions by), Jean Hanff Korelitz (Contributions by), Trey Ellis (Contributions by), Ann Hood (Contributions by), Howie Kahn (Contributions by), Mindy Hung (Contributions by), Terri Cheney (Contributions by), Ann Leary (Contributions by), Larry Smith (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Daniel Jones (Editor), Andrew Rannells (Contributions by), Ayelet Waldman (Contributions by), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Contributions by), Veronica Chambers (Contributions by), Deborah Copaken (Contributions by), Jean Hanff Korelitz (Contributions by), Trey Ellis (Contributions by), Ann Hood (Contributions by), Howie Kahn (Contributions by), Mindy Hung (Contributions by), Terri Cheney (Contributions by), Ann Leary (Contributions by), Larry Smith (Contributions by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593137048
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Published: Crown - September 3rd, 2019

Outtakes from a Marriage: A Novel By Ann Leary Cover Image
$17.59
ISBN: 9780307405883
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Published: Crown - May 12th, 2009

An Innocent, a Broad By Ann Leary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060527242
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 12th, 2005