IN-PERSON: Ann Leary with Whitney Scharer

Ann Leary, bestselling author of THE GOOD HOUSE, introduces her new novel, THE FOUNDLING, inspired by a true story about the author’s grandmother, in an event not to be missed! THE FOUNDLING is a gripping page-turner that offers a rare look at a shocking chapter in American history, and will keep readers on the edge of their seats right up to the stunning last page. Leary will discuss her new novel with award-winning writer Whitney Scharer (THE AGE OF LIGHT), answer audience question, and sign books. Register for this free event below!  

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

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

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
The Foundling: A Novel By Ann Leary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982120382
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - May 31st, 2022

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

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The Age of Light: A Novel By Whitney Scharer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316524148
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 22nd, 2019