“Book clubs, uncork your bottles.”

—The New York Times Book Review



About Ann

Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of a memoir and three previous novels, including The Good House, which was recently adapted as a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages and she has written for the New York TimesPloughshares, National Public Radio, Redbook and Real Simple, among other publications.

About The Foundling

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good House, the story of two friends, raised in the same orphanage, whose loyalty is put to the ultimate test when they meet years later at a controversial institution—one as an employee; the other, an inmate.

Praise for The Foundling

"The Foundling turns a serious subject into a perfect beach read. [The novel is serious] but it's also insanely fun, with fascinating characters, jaw-dropping plot twists and a hair-raising caper finale that recalls the nail-biting climaxes of 'Ocean's Eleven' and 'The Shawshank Redemption.'"

—The Washington Post

"Leary is such a virtuoso ... The Foundling arrests us precisely because its antagonist comes cloaked in the good intentions of progressive social reform ... Book clubs, uncork your bottles.”

—The New York Times

"The young women's renewed relationship, and Mary's attempts to help Lillian, form the plot of this lively historical fiction, taking on the horrors of the institution, high-society bootleggers, and a wild climax in a snowstorm."

—Boston Globe

“Leary's wit complements her serious approach to historical and psychological issues in this thoroughly satisfying novel." 

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The word 'timely' is often used to describe novels that appear at a resonant historical moment. But when it comes to the regulation of women's bodies and the criminalization of sex and reproductive practices, it's hard to pick a time when a novel like Ann Leary's The Foundling wouldn't speak to where we are… Leary is optimistic that reason will prevail."

—Los Angeles Times

"An irresistible teenage narrator and the jaw-dropping caper she pulls off make this novel a kick."

People Magazine