Novelist Ann Leary's 'The Foundling' takes readers back to an institution for 'feeble-minded' women

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We revisit Robin Young's July 2022 conversation with author Ann Leary. Leary's 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 that 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 Foundling" is now out in paperback.

This segment aired on August 9, 2023.


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