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In 'The Foundling,' novelist Ann Leary explores a time when women had the legal status of children09:42
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Author Ann Leary. (Scott M. Lacey)
Author Ann Leary. (Scott M. Lacey)

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Ann Leary, whose new book, "The Foundling," centers around a young woman who gets a job at an institution where women considered morally or mentally defective were sent so they would not reproduce.

Leary was inspired to write the book when researching her grandmother who worked at a real-life institution for the "feeble-minded."

The cover of "The Foundling" by Ann Leary. (Courtesy)
The cover of "The Foundling" by Ann Leary. (Courtesy)

Book excerpt: 'The Foundling'

By Ann Leary

Excerpted from "The Foundling: A Novel." Copyright © 2022 by Ann Leary. Used with permission of the publisher, Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

This segment aired on July 5, 2022.

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