Mercy Street

Ecco. Feb. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780061763304. $27.99. F
Despite Boston’s brutal winter of 2015, the work of the Mercy Street women’s health center never falters. The clients are desperate to end their unwanted pregnancies against a ticking legal calendar. Forty-three-year-old Claudia (herself born to an unwed teenage mother) has been a counselor for a decade. Her deep well of compassion and patience is at the heart of the novel and its intertwining lives—the center’s clients, with their wildly diverse circumstances; the anti-abortion protestors outside the clinic every day who become more and more threatening; Timmy, Claudia’s friend with the good weed; and Anthony, the deeply religious Catholic protestor under the thrall of the mysterious online Excelsior11, who is targeting Claudia. As the snow piles up, the danger to the clinic grows, but the work must go on.
VERDICT Haigh (Baker Towers), an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author, holds her readers captive from first to last page with an unflinching look at the human tragedies that lie behind every layer of the never-ending controversial national abortion battle. Her piercing character portrayals and eavesdrop-quality dialogue will have readers asking for her previous works.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing