Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Eugenics

Sunday, October 16, 2022

- EDT
No Choice — Ann Leary & Jennifer Haigh
Ann Leary
Ann Leary
The Foundling
Jennifer Haigh
Jennifer Haigh
Mercy Street

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.