Author Ann Leary will discuss a new book on June 18 in Washington


WASHINGTON — New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary will read from her new novel, “The Foundling,” at 3 p.m. June 18. She will chat with her husband, Denis Leary, at Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington.

According to a statement, “The Foundling is the story of two friends, raised in the same orphanage, whose loyalty is put to the ultimate test when they meet years later in a controversial institution – one as In 1927, eighteen-year-old Mary Engle was a secretary at a remote but picturesque institution for mentally handicapped women called the Nettleton State Village for Mentally Deficient Women. to procreate.

“Mary remembers childhood friend Lillian as a beautiful, free spirit with a sometimes tumultuous side. When Lillian begs Mary to help her escape, Mary is faced with a terrible choice. trusting her troubled friend with whom she shares a dark childhood secret? Mary’s decision sets off a stunning sequence of events with heartbreaking consequences for all. Inspired by a true story about the author’s grandmother, ‘The Foundling’ delves into a shocking chapter in American history,” the statement said.

Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels “The Children,” “The Good House,” “Outtakes From A Marriage” and the memoir “An Innocent, A Broad.” Her work has been translated into 18 languages ​​and she has written for numerous publications including Plowshares, NPR, Real Simple and The New York Times.

His Modern Love essay, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive,” was adapted for the Amazon TV series Modern Love and stars Tina Fey and John Slattery. “The Good House” was adapted as a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline, and recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

This event is free and open to the public. If you can’t attend this event, reserve signed copies of Leary’s books by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at 860-868-0525. Or visit


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