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All You Have to Do Is Call by Kerri Maher

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"[A] powerful, thought-provoking novel... not only important and timely, but deeply humanizing." --Good Morning America


"Remarkable." --The Washington Post


"Powerful. Dramatic. Insightful.... It's not only a timely novel, but storytelling at its finest - a must-read." --NPR


An NPR Books We Love selection for 2023


A gripping and uplifting novel based on the true story of the Jane Collective and the brave women who worked in the shadows for our right to choose, from the USA Today bestselling author of The Paris Bookseller.


Chicago, early 1970s. Who does a woman call when she needs help? Jane.


The best-known secret in the city, Jane is an underground health clinic composed entirely of women helping women, empowering them to embrace their futures by offering reproductive counseling and safe, illegal abortions. Veronica, Jane's founder, prides herself on the services she has provided to thousands of women, yet the price of others' freedom is that she leads a double life. When she's not at Jane, Veronica plays the role of a conventional housewife--a juggling act that becomes even more difficult during her own high-risk pregnancy.


Two more women in Veronica's neighborhood are grappling with similar disconnects. Margaret, a young professor at the University of Chicago, secretly volunteers at Jane as she falls in love with a man whose attitude toward his ex-wife increasingly disturbs her. Patty, who's long been content as a devoted wife and mother, has begun to sense that something essential is missing from her life. When her runaway younger sister, Eliza, shows up unexpectedly, Patty must come to terms with what it really means to love and support a sister.


In this historic moment, when the personal was nothing if not political, Veronica, Margaret, and Patty risk it all to help mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. With an awe-inspiring story and appealing characters, All You Have to Do Is Call celebrates the power of women coming together in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.


Hardcover, 368 pages. 

Fiction, historical.