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 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.
Anita Diamant’s new book, THE BOSTON GIRL, has been an inspiration
for me this spring. For the Atheneum’s Peeps Diorama exhibit, I made a
copy of the cover of the book: a young woman sitting on a piling at the
seashore, engrossed in a book.
In reading the novel, I was excited to learn that decades ago, there were organizations that offered summer camps to young immigrant girls, to expose them to cultural, educational, and professional opportunities. One such camp, Rockport Lodge, is the beginning of a whole different life for our heroine, Addie Baum, the main character. Addie has smarts, courage,and just the right amount of attitude. This is a satisfying story from the author of THE RED TENT. We can’t wait to welcome Ms. Diamant to Nantucket for the fourth annual Nantucket Book Festival June 19th – 21st. For a full list of authors and events, visit nantucketbookfestival.org. Our next book club pick for the festival is The Radiance of Tomorrow by, Ishmael Baeh.
Be well. #readabook
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