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LITERATOUR: Springffeld JCC Jewish Book Festival presents Anna Solomon

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – The Cultural Arts Department at the Springfield Jewish Community Center presents award-winning novelist Anna Solomon, author of LEAVING LUCY PEAR, Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St.

Chosen as a must-read book by TIME Magazine, INSTYLE, and GOODHOUSEKEEPING, Solomon’s latest novel weaves together an unforgettable group of characters as their lives collide on the New England coast.

One night in 1917 on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, 18-year- old, Radcliffe-bound Beatrice leaves her newborn daughter in her uncle’s pear orchard, hoping that the mysterious people who come to steal the pears will take the baby, too. Years later, with Prohibition in full swing, Beatrice is restless, stalled and grieving, when the woman who adopted the baby begins working for Beatrice’s uncle, and the families’ fates are entwined yet again. Set against one of America’s most turbulent decades, LEAVING LUCY PEAR delves into questions of class, freedom, and the meaning of family.

Admission is $5 for the general public and free for members of the JCC. Call 413.739.4715 to register. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

A two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, Anna Solomon is a former journalist for National Public Radio’s LIVING ON EARTH. Her previous books include the novel THE LITTLE BRIDE and LABOR DAY: TRUE BIRTH STORIES BY TODAY’S BEST WOMEN WRITERS.

Literatour is a community-wide celebration of Jewish books, presented by the Springfield JCC. Generous funding for Literatour is provided by the Posnick Family Endowment Fund and the Norman and Frances Cohen Fund for Adult Arts and Education. Visit for a complete list of author talks.

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