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Thank you to Chris Anderson for sharing these photos from the Anna Solomon event at the Lit House.
Anna Solomon gave a reading of Leaving Lucy Pear to a rapt audience last night. A mad dash for chairs was had to accommodate the crowd of friends, fans, and family and by evening’s end, the well wishers were overflowing out the front door of the cultural center. Anna grew up in Gloucester and the historical novel is set on Cape Ann during the 1920s. Congratulations and best wishes to Anna for wonderful success with her beautiful book! Read more abut Leaving Lucy Pear here.
Author Anna Solomon writes, “I meant to add: An old professor of mine who summers in Annisquam told me about this real-life Lucy Pear, and I got chills! Apparently it is her last name (not middle). I would love to be put in touch with her if anyone has contacts….”
Lucy Pear is the fictional heroine of Anna Solomon’s newest novel Leaving Lucy Pear. Copies are available at the Bookstore of Gloucester and Toad Hall Bookstore. Read more here about Leaving Lucy Pear and about Anna’s three upcoming Cape Ann author events.
At the Bookstore of Gloucester -“Leaving Lucy Pear” is a real page turner – Sharon Bo Abrams can’t put her copy down!
Chosen as a must-read book for summer 2016 by TIME Magazine, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, The Millions, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
For more information visit Anna Solomon’s website here. Anna has three upcoming Cape Ann events. In addition to the two posted below, she is also having a reading at the Rockport Library on August 24th.
Praise for Leaving Lucy Pear
From the first page, I was under the spell of Anna Solomon’s emotionally engaging narrative 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 ofMaine 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 that 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 1920’s thrums with the issues of the day, prohibition and the vote, the immigrant problem and labor strikes, Sacco and Vanzetti and Mother Jones. When two seemingly dissimilar women, Emma and Bea, 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
Leaving Lucy Pear is 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, 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
A marvel of a novel, bursting with intelligence, insight, compassion, and truth. It reminds me of books I read when young, the ones made me want to write, the sort that keep you reading through the night, unable to close the covers. Anna Solomon is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller and we are the lucky beneficiaries of her gift.
ROBIN BLACK, author of Life Drawing
TREMENDOUS EVENING OF BOOKS, CONVERSATION, AND WONDERFUL DINING WITH THE NEW GLOUCESTER HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL JAMES COOK, CHEF KEN DUCKWORTH, AND THE LIT HOUSE BOOK CLUB
James Cook, the newly appointed Gloucester High School’s principal led a thoughtful conversation on Rebecca Solnit’s The Faraway Nearby. It was a pleasure to meet Principal Cook. He has been a teacher at GHS since 1999, most recently as the head of the English Language Arts Department. Principal Cook also spent nine years coaching the boys soccer team, five years as head coach, as well as serving as the faculty advisor for the environmental club, human rights club, student newspaper, and literary and arts magazine. A fantastic win for Gloucester students and faculty in appointing Principal Cook!
If you’ve never been to a Lit House book club event, please come! The events are open to Everyone. And if like me, you sometimes don’t have time to read the book before the event, after attending you’ll be inspired to do so. And of course we have the best food of any book club, with fabulous dinners prepared by Chef Ken Duckworth.
On August 21st, author Anna Solomon will be moderating a discussion on The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Click here to find out more and purchase tickets.
During The Faraway Nearby event we briefly discussed an essay by Solonit, which included the topic about moths drinking the tears of sleeping birds. I was reminded of this famous photo of a butterfly kissing turtle tears (some butterflies also drink crocodile tears, too!). Species of butterflies and moths that drink the fluid of another creature’s eyes are actually extracting much needed salts, minerals, and proteins from the liquids. As Lepidoptera are herbivores, they look for minerals from other sources outside their diet, including mud puddles and human perspiration. Male Lepidoptera especially seek additional sodium for egg production. This behavior is known as lachryphagy.
Julia Butterflies drinking tears of the Yellow Spotted River Turtle, western Amazon rain forest, Ecuador. Photo by Ama La Vida
Eastern Point Lit House co-founder Chris Anderson writes, “The Lit House is very excited about our next book club event at Duckworth’s with Gloucester High School’s new principal, James Cook. He’s a great poet and educator, and we’re thrilled to get to share dinner and drinks with James. Even if you can’t get through The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit in time, you won’t want to miss this. I’m sure you’ll want to finish it after hearing what James has to say. Hope to see you there!”
Mary Buchinger grew up on a farm in the thumb of Michigan and now lives in Cambridge, Mass. with her husband and two sons, dog and two cats. She holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Boston University and is Associate Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston. Her books include Aerialist (Gold Wake Press, 2015; shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry and the Perugia Press Prize) and Roomful of Sparrows (Finishing Line Press, 2008).
On Sunday, October 18 @ 5 pm we’ll be hosting our next book club event at Duckworth’s. Our very special guest host is Margot Livesey. We’ll be discussing To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Seating is limited. All are welcome. Tickets are available at: http://www.easternpointlithouse.com/#!the-lit-house-book-club/c56l
Margot Livesey grew up in a boys’ private school in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent most of her twenties working in shops and restaurants and learning to write. Her first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was published by Penguin Canada in 1986. Since then Margot has published six novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street. Her seventh novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, will be published by HarperCollins in January 2012.