Join us as we discuss Leaving Lucy Pear. One night in 1917 Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann, Massaachusetts, 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, her musical dreams unfulfilled, she returns to her uncle’s home, and is reunited with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising her abandoned child–now a bright, bold cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.
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