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A big, heartrending novel about the entangled lives of two women in 1920s New England, both mothers to the same unforgettable girl.

One night in 1917, Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. The unwed daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists and a gifted pianist bound for Radcliffe, Bea plans to leave her shameful secret behind and make a fresh start. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing and post-World War I America is in the grips of rampant xenophobia, and Bea’s hopes for her future remain unfulfilled. She returns to her uncle’s house, seeking a refuge from her unhappiness. But she discovers far more when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently reunites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising her abandoned child—now a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.

In mesmerizing prose, award-winning author Anna Solomon weaves together an unforgettable group of characters as their lives collide on the New England coast. Set against one of America’s most turbulent decades, Leaving Lucy Pear delves into questions of class, freedom, and the meaning of family, establishing Anna Solomon as one of our most captivating storytellers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anna Solomon’s novel invites you in with tons of atmosphere, from the foggy New England location to the 1920s culture to the gender politics. You’ll get lost in this story, which feels truly new and fresh.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “A dazzling exploration of the impact of roads untaken on motherhood, class, and gender…She’s fashioned a world so real, you can taste the salt spray and smell the heady fragrance of the ripe pears.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A beautifully written story of women and motherhood played out against a 1920s American historical backdrop…With its lessons about accepting the past and making choices about the future, Leaving Lucy Pear is a satisfying, insightful, and memorable book.”

    Jewish Book Council

  • “Beautiful and expansive…The connection between these two mothers, Bea and Emma, is profound and particular.”

    Millions.com

  • “Solomon seamlessly weaves the social and class conflicts of the 1920s into this poignant and penetrating story.”

    BookPage

  • “Solomon reaches resolutions marked with the same reflective maturity as the rest of this solidly absorbing novel. Slow-movement storytelling: fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Ambitious and satisyfing… [a] lushly written look at two women’s haunting choices.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Millions.com Pick for Summer Reading
  • A Minneapolis Star-Tribune Pick for Must-Read Books for Summer
  • A BookPage Top Pick for August 2016
  • A Time Magazine Pick for Summer Reading
  • An InStyle Pick for Must-Read Books of Summer 2016
  • A 2016 Good Housekeeping Pick for Best Summer Reads
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