The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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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"--
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 2014
New York :, Scribner,, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439199350
Branch Call Number: F DIA NVD
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 04, 2019

Told in the form of an interview, an 85 year old woman recounts her life story. Overall, I really enjoyed this read. The voice of the narrator was warm and inviting and felt very genuine. It served as a great reminder of how far we have come as a country. While it had dark moments, it was overall a positive story and I found it to be a good easy read.

Jun 22, 2019

Loved this one. Literally read it in one day. So well written and charming. A wonderful peek through the window into the life of a Jewish woman and family.

Jun 20, 2018

April 02 2015
I was expecting so much more from this novel. However, Anita Diamant seems to have glossed over the times and events that took place in Boston in the 1900s. I spent my childhood in Boston's North End in the 1950s, but I did not feel as if I were in Boston while reading this book. Ms. Diamant does not provide historical or period details or descriptions that make you experience the sights and sounds and smells that the immigrants lived through in the early 20th century. It's a pleasant, easy-to-read story that, like cotton candy, disappears as soon as it's consumed. NC

ArapahoeKathy 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!

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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

"Never apologize for being smart."

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