Past Events

Washington, D.C.

Temple Sinai, Women of Reform Judaism Authors' Roundtable: roundtable discussion moderated by Lynn Sweet followed by lunch with authors and book signing. Register here

Springfield, MA

Anna speaks at the Springfield JCC. Free to JCC members, $5 for non-members, reservations strongly recommended.  

Jersey Shore Jewish Center

Anna speaks at Congregation Torat El, Oakhust NJ. $10. Register here.

Indianapolis, IN

Anna presents at the Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts, where Leaving Lucy Pear is the festival's Community Reads selection. Tickets available here.

Charlotte, NC

Anna talks at the Jewish Federation, details TK.

Charlotte, NC: Brown Alumni Club

Gather with Anna and other Brown alums for a social hour and author talk at Olmsted Park, Dilworth Clubhouse.

Narragansett, RI

Anna appears at the 18th Annual Women's Club of South County Book and Author Luncheon with fellow authors Ann Hood and Gina Bareca. 

Reservations can be made here and are required by June 30. Tickets are $60. ($30 is tax-deducible.)

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Talk, reading, and Q&A, followed by book signing at the Manchester Public Library.

The Book Mark Shoppe

Anna joins the Book Mark Shoppe's book club discussion of Leaving Lucy Pear.

Books Are Magic: Brooklyn Writers Space Series

Anna reads with Sally Kohn, Ellen Umansky, and Gina Zucker at Brooklyn's newest bookstore!

Watertown, MA

Anna and fellow author Michelle Hoover entertain over dinner and drinks at Stellina's Author Night

New York, NY

Anna helps Sara Schaff celebrate the launch of her debut collection, SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT ME. At Pen + Brush at 29 East 22nd Street.

Newton, MA

Anna joins authors Tova Mirvis and Jennifer Brown for a panel discussion and book signing. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive and Hebrew College. Directions here

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library

Anna talks about Leaving Lucy Pear at her (and her book's) hometown library

Brooklyn: Sackett Street Reading Series

Readings, Q&A, & discussion moderated by Julia Fierro. With Nicole Dennis-Benn, Taylor Larsen, Kim Brooks, and Flynn Berry. At BookCourt!

Brooklyn: Pete's Candy Store

With Andrea Kleine. Details here.

NYC: #YeahYouWrite

Readings, literary cocktails, dining, book signings, & schmoozing with Anna, Jon Papernick, and Shelley Oria. At Bo's

Boston, MA

Boston Book Festival: Reading Like a Writer (meets in the Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library)

Cambridge, MA

Harvard Bookstore: with special guest Jessica Alpert from WBUR

Chatham, MA

Literary Luncheon (with Nan Rossiter and Ann Hood) at the Wequasset Resort - Details TK

Cohasset, MA

Buttonwood Books: Supper with the Authors - Details TK

Brooklyn, NY

BookCourt: Launch party for Leaving Lucy Pear, with special guest J. Courtney Sullivan

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News & Press

Five True Things...

Read about five things in Leaving Lucy Pear that actually happened, in Female First.

A fantastic book-a-month list for 2017-2018...

...includes Leaving Lucy Pear as well as books by Rebecca Solnit, Marge Piercy, and more. From Jewish Women's Archive.

Paperback available June 27!

Same great book in smaller, lighter, more beach- and book group-friendly form, in stores on 6/27 or available for pre-order now.

Jewish Book Council's Book Club Pick of the Week

Details here

Recommended: BookBub Blog

10 Historical Novels that "will enthrall you..."

Harvard Crimson: Book Cover Fall Round-up 2016

So glad designer Nayon Cho's fantastic work on LLP's cover got this write-up, which observes: "The woman’s interaction with the script of the title suggests that she is indeed Lucy Pear, but the same ambiguity entices readers to open the novel to discover her identity..."

Interview: Jewish Book Council

Anna talks writing advice, Leaving Lucy Pear's cover, her research process, more.

For BookPage

Anna recommends 3 books she's been loving. 

10 Books to Add to Your September Reading List

Daily Break recommends Leaving Lucy Pear, along with books by Ann Patchett, Emma Donoghue, Dave Eggers, and more: 

Thompson Hotels New York: Influencers

Anna dishes on NYC lit haunts and her home borough of Brooklyn...

Recommended by: JWeekly

Leaving Lucy Pear one of three summer reads that "vividly transport" in S.F. Bay Area's Jewish news weekly.

Writerly Advice: Poets & Writers

Anna's contribution to the wonderful Writers Recommend column

Interview: First Draft

Mitzi Rapkin talks with Anna about Leaving Lucy Pear, the writing process, motherhood, Prohibition, mental health, and more.

Booklist weighs in with...

...a lovely review: "quietly moving...Solomon excels at portraying flawed characters... When the two mothers play tug-of-war for Lucy, readers cannot help but empathize with all involved."

Minneapolis Star Tribune's "hottest fiction of the summer"

A beautifully illustrated guide to summer books, including Leaving Lucy Pear!

Good Housekeeping's Best New Books for Summer 2016

Grateful to see Leaving Lucy Pear in such fine company on this list of great summer reads.

Publishers Weekly calls LUCY PEAR "ambitious and satisfying."

"A dreamy....lushly written look at two women's haunting choices." – Publishers Weekly

Book Review

Anna reviews Pamela Erens's Eleven Hours for The Boston Globe.

A star from Library Journal

“Solomon’s…razor-sharp prose scrapes her characters raw as she plants them deeply in the history and turmoil of 1920s New England. A beautifully rendered tale of discovering one’s true nature. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Kirkus gives Leaving Lucy Pear a starred review

“Repeatedly opting for the less predictable outcome, Solomon reaches resolutions marked with the same reflective maturity as the rest of this solidly absorbing novel. Slow-movement storytelling: fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

New Book!

Anna's second novel, Leaving Lucy Pear, will be published on July 26, 2016!

Book review in The Boston Globe

Anna reviews Jami Attenberg's new novel, Saint Mazie.

New buzz for Labor Day

Check out what people are saying about Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers, including a Boston Globe review, an interview on Kirkus, excerpts from the book, and more.

Printer's Row pick

Linda Bubon, owner of Chicago's iconic Women and Children First bookstore, recommends THE LITTLE BRIDE in The Chicago Tribune's Printer's Row. feature

Author Julie Wu reviews The Little Bride as one of THREE BOOKSwhose “morally flawed heroes... ring uncomfortably true.”

Hadassah Magazine Review

“[An] imaginative feat that introduces Anna Solomon as a daring and talented novelist...” Full review here.

Interview in Boston Magazine

Hubbub gets Anna talking about lobster mafias, growing up in Gloucester, and One City One Story.

​Essay in MORE Magazine

Anna writes about beauty, aging, and makeup in the October issue of MORE. Read here.

Kveller names The Little Bride its first Book Club pick!

Learn more here.

Anna's story

Learn more and listen to an interview on WBUR's Radio Boston. 

​The Little Bride makes The Millions' A Year in Reading

Selected by the amazing Eleanor Henderson - author of TEN THOUSAND SAINTS - along with Charles McLeod's AMERICAN WEATHER. Full entry here.

Fantastic review in PANK Magazine

“...Not only an incredibly crafted page turner but a clutch in the gut.” Read on.

Wordstock interview up at Portland Book Review

Read here.

Caroline Leavitt interviews Anna

Read here.

The Little Bride hits The Boston Globe bestseller list at #4!

Check out the list.

Lovely review in School Library Journal

“Rich in language and detail... Solomon turns her extensive research into fascinating, page-turning historical fiction.” Full review here.

​Anna and Clare Burson featured in the Brown Alumni Magazine

“Oy, Pioneers!” Click here.

​Josh Rolnick profiles Anna and The Little Bride for The Millions

Is my book Jewish? What does that question even mean? Provocative piece: read here. 

A thoughtful, thorough review in The Forward

Click to read.

YidLit podcast with Anna up now at The Forward

Anna talks with Allison Yarrow about the book, the history-behind-the-book, “women's fiction,” and more. Listen now.

Woman's Day lists The Little Bride as a Must-Read Fall Book

“A tale of hope, freedom and following one’s own path.” Click for more.

USA Today says...

“Emotionally honest...A” Read full review.

MORE Magazine's Oct. book club pick: The Little Bride

Pair The Little Bride with Noodle Pudding for an Eat/Drink/Read fest. MORE says: “...this mythic rendition of the American immigrant narrative...finds the wondrous in the ordinary and vividely depicts the complex collisions between the Old World and the New.” On news stands now, or read online.

Miami Herald says...

“Like...Jonathan Safran Foer and Dara Horn...[A] wondrously strange story of Jewish immigration.” Full review here.

The New York Times weighs in on The Little Bride

“Minna is a terrifically complex heroine: a little snobby, a little selfish and wholly sympathetic.”Read full review here.

Anna and Clare Burson on WBUR's Radio Boston

Listen here.

“Historical fiction at its best.” - Monika Woods (Books I Just Read)

Read full review here

Tablet: The Little Bride as 'Unsung History'

Read Sara Ivry's piece here.

Review in The New York Journal of Books

“A plot-driven novel conveyed in crisp, descriptive, and thought-provoking prose.... an auspicious debut.” Full review here.

Interview with Erika Dreifus on her excellent blog

Read here.

Terrific review in BookPage

“A fascinating debut... Riveting... Solomon's prose is bold and often gritty, and she creates complicated, surprising characters that completely defy expectations.” Full review here. 

Library Journal gives The Little Bride a thumbs-up.

A page-turner... Highly recommended for those who appreciate exceptional historical fiction. Full review here. 

The Little Bride picked as the 1 Book, 1 Community read by the Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island!

Article in the Jewish Voice and Herald by Nancy Kirsch Event info here.

Musical-Literary collaboration with Clare Burson announced!

Weaving together story and song in a seamless performance, Anna and musician Clare Burson present a song cycle inspired by The Little Bride. A unique collaboration exploring memory, loss, love, immigration, and the creative process itself.

Performances being scheduled in New York City, Providence, Boston, and Gloucester, Massachusetts. For more info on the event and booking, go here.

Anna wins second Pushcart Prize

The Lobster Mafia Story,” first published in The Georgia Review, will appear in the 2011 Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Anna wins The Missouri Review's 20th Annual Jeffrey Smith Editor's Prize

Her story, “The Long Net,” appears in the Spring 2011 issue of The Missouri Review.