Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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No Choice — Ann Leary & Jennifer Haigh

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118 Elliot 118 Elliot Brattleboro, Vt 05301

Ann Leary
The Foundling

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

The Good House was adapted as a motion picture starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline and was premiered at the Tribeca International Film Festival in June. 

Her new novel, The Foundling was released on May, 31, 2022. Ann and her husband Denis Leary live in New York.

Jennifer Haigh
Mercy Street

Jennifer Haigh is the author of  six bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, including her new novel Mercy Street, also Mrs. Kimble, and Faith and Heat and Light, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and NPR

Her books have won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction, and have been translated widely. 

She lives in New England


Ann Leary’s The Foundling is a compelling record of a too-hidden piece of history when eugenics was commonly applauded as progressive social science. 

This novel, based in part on Leary’s family history, looks at the outrageous ways our society has sought to control women. 

Fast forward to present day: Jennifer Haigh’s Mercy Street centers on an abortion clinic in downtown Boston, describing the day-to-day realities of the people who go there and exploring the precarious status of safe, legal abortion in this country.


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