The Boston Girl
A NovelBook - 2014 | First Scribner hardcover edition.
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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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.
ehbooklover Mar 25, 2015
A wonderful book that almost reads like a memoir. I love that the reader plays the role of the narrator's granddaughter as she talks about her life and all the wonderful, sad, and challenging things that she has experienced. I grew to care about all of the people in Addie's life, especially her f... Read More »
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