The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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"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 naive 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439199374
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)

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AL_KATHY Apr 06, 2018

85 year old Addie tells her granddaughter the story of finding her place in early twentieth century America. Our book club loved it and you will too!

Bazette May 15, 2017

Excellent Book!! I loved it! It felt like I was right there listening to her.

racing14 Aug 18, 2016

I could not put this one down. Addie's story captured my attention and I had to know how things turned out for her.
If you enjoyed reading the Orphan Train you should add this book to your list of must reads.
It would make a great book club selection, lots of interesting things to discuss.

JCLKariE Aug 17, 2016

The Boston Girl is a delightful story that I was not expecting to find so enjoyable. The characters of this novel were richly brought to life through dialogue and action. Diamant pulls you into Addie's life so effortlessly that you do not want to leave. Addie is a smart, plucky, and strong-willed girl who sees the changing role of women first-hand. The historical elements of The Boston Girl add so much to the story and it is enthralling to read about how these big events shape the lives of our characters.

Jun 21, 2016

Really enjoyed this and recommended it to everyone.

Feb 03, 2016

I found this book to be dull and instantly forgettable. The characters were one dimensional and none of them were developed to the point where you actually cared about them. Very disappointing.

Sep 15, 2015

This is an immigrant story, told much better by other authors!!
The author has thrown in several 20th century events to make the novel more authentic. It doesn't help!

M_ALCOTT Aug 30, 2015

Reading Anita Diamant's "The Boston Girl"(my first novel by this author)was like taking a stroll down memory lane with its eighty-five-year-old narrator, Addie Baum, as she recounts the early part of the twentieth century growing up in Boston(from 1915-1931)to her granddaughter, Ava. I had some laugh-out loud moments during some of Addie's recollections. Some of them involved Addie's friends, her sister Betty, and her cantankerous mother, or "Mameh"(the things that came out that woman's mouth).

Aug 15, 2015

"How did you get to be the woman you are today?"

coroboreefarm Aug 14, 2015

Beautifully written by a masterful storyteller, this book is very different from Anita Diamant's previous works, but it is equally enjoyable. It is written with the same attention to historical detail, and character development as The Red Tent, but because it is written as an oral memoir, the style is more straightforward and unembellished.
This moving portrait of the life of eighty-five year old Addie Baum is revealed as she tells her story to her twenty-two year old granddaughter Ava. An inspirational glimpse into an era when a generation of immigrant women were able to find their place and voice in a new world, this story would spark great discussion as a book club choice.

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Apr 20, 2015

Jewish Family in Boston in the beginning of the 20th century.
Mameh, Papa, Celia, Betty and Addie. Narrated by Addie - wonderful story telling. Loved it.


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Aug 15, 2015

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