Leaving Lucy Pear

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.55 hours)
Product Number: Z100114101
Released: Jul 26, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780735206083
Narrator/s: Rebecca Lowman
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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 Millions, the 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

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Author(s): Anna Solomon
Original Publish Date: Jul 26, 2016

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Author(s): Anna Solomon
Product Number EB00627038
Released: Jul 26, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9780698149922

Professional reviews

"In the waning days of the Roaring Twenties, two very different women are keeping secrets from those they love most. Rebecca Lowman's rhythmic narration emphasizes the poetic language of this story about what happens when 10-year-old Lucy Pear's Irish-Catholic mother goes to work for a rich Jewish family in Cape Ann, Massachusetts--unexpectedly setting off a chain of events that entangles the characters' lives forever. Although the audiobook is rife with family drama, personal struggles, and socioeconomic and religious conflicts, Lowman's almost unvarying cadence levels the pacing of the plot, soon becoming tedious. Furthermore, the distinctions among the characters are sometimes lost in the wake of Lowman's uneven Irish and Boston accents. This story of motherhood and difficult choices is best read in print. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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