Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon (Giveaway Closed!)

Please join me in welcoming Anna Solomon to Always With a Book. Anna's new book, Leaving Lucy Pear, is out today. I'll be reviewing this book in the coming weeks, but for now, please enjoy this spotlight on the book and be sure to enter the giveaway below!!!


Title: Leaving Lucy Pear
Author: Anna Solomon
Published: July 2016, Viking
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
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-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.

Praise for Leaving Lucy Pear: 

“The worlds of three women collide on the coast of Massachusetts in the 1920s in this beautifully told tale of a young woman’s journey to discover herself.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune 

“You'll get lost in this story, which feels truly new and fresh.”—GoodHousekeeping.com 

“An intense tale of choices and consequences which, despite its early-20th-century setting, has the capacious feel of a Victorian novel…Repeatedly opting for the less predictable outcome, 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 

“Solomon’s…razor-sharp prose scrapes her characters raw as she plants them deeply in the history and turmoil of 1920s New England. A beautifully rendered tale of discovering one’s true nature. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal 

“Quietly powerful…Solomon excels at portraying flawed characters.”—Booklist 

“Ambitious and satisfying…[a] lushly written look at two women's haunting choices.”—Publishers Weekly 

“From the first page, I was under the spell of Anna Solomon’s emotionally engaging novel about the devastating choices we make and the unexpected consequences they bring. This is a fine literary tapestry woven with beautiful language, complex characters, and a precise probing of human desires and demons.” —Sue Monk Kidd, New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Wings

“Anna Solomon writes with a poet's reverence for language and a novelist's ability to keep us turning the page. LEAVING LUCY PEAR is a gorgeous and engrossing meditation on motherhood, womanhood, and the sacrifices we make for love.” —J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times-bestselling author of Maine and The Engagements.

“LEAVING LUCY PEAR is that rare combination of stunning language, raw emotion, and profound wisdom that catches you up and wrings you out and yet somehow leaves you fuller than when you began. In this tender new novel, Anna Solomon looks at our most fundamental relationships--between mothers, children, and lovers--with more compassion and grace than seems humanly possible.” —Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You

“In Anna Solomon's marvelously textured new novel, Cape Ann in the late 1920s thrums with the issues of the day. When two seemingly dissimilar women become bound to the same child, we're given a piercing and often profound look at motherhood, what it is and isn’t, as well as the ways suffering makes and unmakes us all, sometimes many times over. Solomon is an enormously gifted writer, and her penetrating tale will linger in your mind long after the last page has turned.” —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun

“A marvel of a novel, bursting with intelligence, insight, compassion, and truth. Anna Solomon is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller.” —Robin Black, nationally bestselling author of Life Drawing

“A mosaic of longing: a cast of characters wrestling with lives they might have led, keeping secrets that could free them, and building uncertain futures. With great empathy, Anna Solomon transports us to an evocative and overlooked time and place in this morally complex and deeply satisfying story.” —Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS - (US only) 
Thanks to the publicist I have one copy of Leaving Lucy Pear to give away to my readers. To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form by August 2nd.


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This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends August 2nd. 


Good Luck!!! 

3 comments:

  1. I love what I am reading about this one - so intriguing!

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  2. Sounds like a great story. I can't wait to read it.

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