The Foundling By Ann Leary

The Foundling By Ann Leary free pdf download. The Foundling narrative revolves around Mary Engle, a young woman who becomes a secretary at the Nettleton State Village for Feebleminded Women of Childbearing Age. This institution is home to women considered “unfit to bear children” and is primarily focused on eugenics in the United States. Mary recognizes Lillian, a woman from her childhood orphanage, and realizes that many of the institution’s women are not feebleminded.

They were institutionalized due to their professions as sex workers, alcohol consumption, or interracial relationships. Mary decides to help Lillian escape, risking her job and the admiration she has for Dr. Agnes Vogel, the owner of the institution. The book has been praised for its timely discussion on the regulation of women’s bodies and bodily autonomy.

The Foundling By Ann Leary Book Info:

  • Publisher:  S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books
  • Published: May 31, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781982120382
  • Pages: 315
  • Size: 4.56

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