Guns, Race, Abortion: Jennifer Haigh’s New Novel Humanizes the Hot Button

Using a title taken from a poem by Anne Sexton, he begins “Mercy Street” with Claudia, 43, who lives in Boston and has a stressful job. Claudia isn’t really the urban type. She was born in Maine as a 17-year-old girl who probably didn’t want her. The junk stuck on the shaggy carpet of their …