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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Solomon Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9780735206076
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“From the first page, I was under Anna Solomon’s spell.” —Sue Monk Kidd

Chosen as a must-read book by TIME Magazine, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, The Millionsthe Minneapolis Star Tribune, and BookPage


Set in 1920s New England, the story of two women who are both mothers to the same unforgettable girl—a big, heartrending novel from award-winning writer Anna Solomon

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, post-WWI 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 Bea's 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.

“Anna Solomon writes with a poet’s reverence for language and a novelist's ability to keep us turning the page. A gorgeous and engrossing meditation on motherhood, womanhood, and the sacrifices we make for love.” —J. Courtney Sullivan Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

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

    BookPage

  • “Slow-movement storytelling: fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[A] lushly written look at two women’s haunting choices.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rebecca Lowman’s rhythmic narration emphasizes the poetic language of this story.”

    AudioFile

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

Anna Solomon is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novel The Little Bride. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, the Georgia Review, the Harvard Review, the Missouri Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. Her stories have twice been awarded the Pushcart Prize, have won the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize, and have been nominated for a National Magazine Award. The holder of a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop, she has taught writing at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop and Manhattanville College.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.