The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

Audiobook CD - 2014
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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 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: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2014.
ISBN: 9781442380363
1442380365
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lavin, Linda 1937-

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TheresaAJ
May 29, 2015

This novel is an extended conversation between an 85-year-old grandmother and her 22-year-old granddaughter who has just graduated from Harvard. While trying to answer the question, "How did you get to be the woman you are today?", Addie Baum, born in 1900 to immigrant parents, shares her personal history. From the settlement houses of the early 20th century through two world wars and post-war prosperity, countless family joys and tragedies have shaped Addie in many unseen ways. The listener also learns how Boston has changed and grown over nearly a century. Linda Lavin was a great narrator choice for this book!

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becker
May 06, 2015

A very nice story, especially suited to listening to on audio. This novel doesn't offer much in the way of plot, but is instead a lovely story about growing up in Boston in the early 1900's. The author tells the story so nicely. This was a relaxing and comforting read.

lotuslori_8 Mar 25, 2015

Very enjoyable and lovely audiobook. It feels very personal, like your own Grandma telling you about her life. Linda Lavin does a great job as the reader.

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