DARIEN, Conn. -- Former Darien resident and author Kate Manning will be back in town to discuss her latest novel.
Manning will be at Barrett Bookstore, Noroton Heights Shopping Center, 314 Heights Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, to talk about her book "My Notorious Life." The novel is inspired by the true story of Ann Trow Lohman, a female physician who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City.
Set in late-19th century New York City, the novel is the story of Axie Muldoon, who works her way off the brutal streets to become one of the most successful — and scandalous — women of her time. With a quick wit and a sharp tongue, Axie recounts her separation from her mother and siblings, her apprenticeship to a midwife, and how she earns a fortune selling “Lunar Tablets for the relief of Female Obstruction.”
As she builds her thriving midwifery practice with her husband, ascending from one room in a tenement on the Lower East Side to a mansion on Fifth Avenue, she finds herself on a collision course with one of the most zealous characters of her era: Anthony Comstock, whose self-appointed mission is to clean up America one sinner at a time. It will take all of Axie’s power to outwit him and keep her family from falling back into ruin.
"My Notorious Life" provides an historical backdrop to current debates regarding women’s reproductive rights. The pleas of the patients who visit Axie in desperation will resonate with contemporary readers who recognize that 150 years later, we still are fighting many of the same battles.
A former documentary television producer for WNET-13, where she won two Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Brotherhood Award, Manning has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Glamour, and More. She also is the author of the novel, "Whitegirl."
Manning attended Middlesex Middle School and a year of Darien High School before her family moved to California. Manning returned to the East Coast, where she attended Middlebury College and graduated from Yale University.
Call 203-655-2712 to reserve a space as seating is limited for this free event.