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Anna Solomon: Leaving Lucy Pear

(Fiction, 336 pp. 2016)

The lives of an abandoned girl’s biological mother—a privileged Jewish pianist—and adoptive mother—a dirt-poor Irish Catholic woman—are juxtaposed with that of their little girl’s. Set on the New England coast in the 1920s, the novel investigates class, freedom, gender and the meaning of family.

Reader’s Guidefrom Penguin Random House

Kirkus Review

Reviewby Maggie Shipstead, New York Times, August 7, 2016.

Reviewby Renita Last, Jewish Book Council

Review by David Cooper, New York Journal of Books