Leaving Lucy Pear was the first book that I’d read by author Anna Solomon and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Set in 1920s coastal New England, Leaving Lucy Pear is the story of two women who are both mothers to the same unforgettable and indomitable girl, Lucy Pear. These two women reunite through a circuitous series of events, the result of which pushes several relationships to the limit and cracks them open. Equally intimate and expansive, Leaving Lucy Pear delves into questions of class, freedom, motherhood, marriage, the meaning of family, and, at its heart, is one girl who links everyone together.
I felt right at home within Solomon’s setting – her coastal descriptions feeling very similar to my own home in Westport, Massachusetts and her descriptions brought me effortlessly back to one of the most turbulent decades in America’s history. To say I adored this book would be an understatement and I hope brings readers a hint of summer and fills the fall air with salty sea spray and a hint of pears.