The Boston Girl is a story about Addie Baum, daughter of immigrant parents during the early 1900s. Here is the book description, from Anita Diamant’s website:
“The Boston Girl is a coming-of-age story 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 –at the time a teeming multicultural neighborhood—Addie’s intelligence and curiosity lead 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.
She remembers staying at Rockport Lodge, a sort of “fresh air fund” resort located in a seaside town north of Boston, where she makes friends, who are part of a life that spans World War I, the influenza epidemic, and the Great Depression.
Written with attention to historical detail and emotional honesty, 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.
Anita Diamant is an American author of fiction and nonfiction. She was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951 and lived in Newark, New Jersey as a young girl and later in Denver, Colorado. She earned a degree in literature from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s in American Literature from Binghamton University in upstate New York. In 1975, Diamant moved to Boston and began her writing career as a journalist. She initially wrote for local magazines and newspapers and later for national media. Her first book published was the handbook, The New Jewish Wedding, and she followed that with five other guidebooks to Jewish life. She wrote her first work of fiction, The Red Tent, in 1997, which was honored by the Independent Booksellers Alliance in 2001 as the “Booksense Best Fiction of the Year.” In addition to The Red Tent and The Boston Girl, Diamant is the author of three novels: Good Harbor (2001), The Last Days of Dogtown (2005), and Day After Night (2009).
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