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The Boston Girl: A Novel - Anita Diamant
The Boston Girl: A Novel
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable coming-of-age novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.Addie Baum is The Boston... show more
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable coming-of-age novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781439199350 (1439199353)
ASIN: 1439199353
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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3.5 The Boston Girl
I chose this book from NetGalley because I've read a couple of Anita Diamant’s books and I really enjoyed them. I like that after reading them, I feel satisfied that I’ve read a good story and also, somehow, smarter. She has a gift for telling complicated stories in an elegant, simple manner, and th...
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
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5.0 The Boston Girl: A Novel
Born in the early 1900’s Addie Baum was the first child in her family to be born in America. She grew up in the North End of Boston … “before it was trendy” … Jewish, poor and in the shadow of her sisters – one the perfect daughter and the other the rebel. Addie spent most of her early years tryin...
CheriePie's Books
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4.0 The Boston Girl: A Novel
"How did you get to be the woman you are today?" When Addie Baum's 22-year-old granddaughter, Ava, asks her grandmother this very question, she is regaled with the wonderful narrative of Addie's life, reliving every vivid moment from the time she was 15, a young Jewish girl growing up in Boston duri...
Yakmum
Yakmum rated it
4.0 The Boston Girl: A Novel
Hist Fic/American. The structure of this book is interesting. It is a story told to a grand daughter. But at times it is kind of intrusive or it dragged me back when I just wanted to me immersed in the time. Addie is 85 when the story begins and as she tells her story it is really the story of all w...
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs
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4.0 Very nostalgic read.
This is the first book by Anita Diamant that I've read, and now the TBR grows (again). I loved her writing, the way she described the environment and surroundings was just enough to paint a clear picture, but not caught up in meaningless details. The book is from the POV of Addie, both as a gran...
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