In Elizabeth Genovise's enchanting and haunting tale, The Stone Pear, a girl grappling with the reality of her mother's fragile health becomes obsessed with a pair of migrant workers boarding at her parents' farm. Inevitably Dawn is drawn into both the secrets of their past and the drama of their troubled present circumstances. While the young husband battles painful realities of his own, his beautiful but ailing wife seeks refuge in dreams and fantasy—a world Dawn is dangerously attracted to. Before long, she finds herself making a trade she will regret forever.
In Elizabeth Genovise’s lyrical and romantic coming-of-age story, The Stone Pear, the protagonist describes a childhood spent on her parents’ hobby farm, saying, “Despite our isolation, I never dreamed of city lights or highways. I wanted to conspire with whatever it was that birthed wild roses and made a glimmering tea of new moonlight in the cups of leaves. I sensed that this force was enduring and that in its invisibility lay its strength.” Beautifully rendered through imagery and language that are at once startling and yet familiar as home, Genovise transports readers into landscapes both sensory and emotional. Juxtaposing the mundane with the surreal, the minute with the visionary, she crafts a story of life and loss that affirms our deepest longings for meaning while telling the truth about the hard task of growing up, of lost innocence, and of the redemptive force of love and compassion.
—Angie Crea O'Neal, author of The Way Things Fall
The characters in The Stone Pear are each trying to be brave against the spectre of loss, both past and impending. Grief is offset by hard work, love is at the center—an ancient imperative—petrified and jeweled as a stone pear.
—Laura Page, Children, Apostates
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