Title: The Boston Girl
Author: Anita Diamant
Pages: 320 Pages
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.
Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love.
Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.
Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.
I adored The Boston Girl. It is the story of Addie – a young, 1st generation Jewish girl who is living in America and trying to discover who she is meant to be and navigate in a world so very alien from what her family once knew. A difficult feat in any situation but even more so in a world that is rapidly changing as it was at the birth of the 20th century.
Addie recounts her life with all the struggles that you would expect a young woman to go through – growing up, love, relationships, family drama, death and much more but with the additional cultural difficulties to make it just that little bit harder.
What is brilliant is that Addie’s life journey parallels history – the war, the pandemic etc and because of her story, as a reader you get intimate details of all the historical drama.
The Boston Girl is brilliant. An absolute gem of a book.
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