Leaving Lucy Pear

  • by Anna Solomon
  • Narrated by Rebecca Lowman
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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; 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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Beautiful story

I loved this book! I fell in love with the characters and enjoyed going on the journey of their lives through the story. I highly recommend.
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- Rollyn Zoubek

Great story and great storyteller

I loved the story itself. The way the author writes is beautiful and drew me in so easily. The words that I think of first to describe it are: full, deep, understanding... There are so many facets to this story and she writes with such understanding...I really enjoyed it. And Rebecca Lowman....I enjoyed the way she told the story so much I would like to find more of her work. She's fantastic! She makes the book come to life as you listen. Makes the characters almost personal. I hope these two work together again in the future. I highly recommend this read!
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- Hope

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio