Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Roe vs Wade —Joshua Prager

Joshua Prager
The Family Roe

Joshua Prager has written for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. A former Harvard Nieman Fellow, he is the author of The Echoing Green (a Washington Post Best Book of the Year) and 100 Years.

 His new book, The Family Roe, illuminating unknown stories and people behind Roe v. Wade, and enabling the public, for the first time, to see the abortion debate in America in its full social and personal context. The book was a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize. 

He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

Joshua Prager’s Pulitzer Prize finalist book, The Family Roe, looks at “Jane Roe,” the pseudonym for Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life. Propelled by the crosscurrents of sex and religion, gender and class, it is a life that tells the story of abortion in America. 


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