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Books that make the grade.

The Boston Girl


In Anita Diamant’s newest book, The Boston Girl (B), Addie Baum, a Jewish woman now in her eighties,  is narrating her life story to her youngest granddaughter.

Addie was born in 1900 to immigrant Jewish parents in Boston. As with all those who emigrated from another country settling into American life wasn’t always easy. Addie’s mother found it exceptionally hard. Her Dad adapted somewhat better but he too found it difficult.

As we follow Addie from childhood to senior citizen, the author depicts the changes that affect family life and women over some eighty years. Illness, death, marriage, career were all life events that throughout the centuries depict generational changes. Always constant is the goal of women to become equal in society.

The story is simply written but powerful just the same. Addie’s emotions are raw and the reader can easily empathize with her character. Diamant does a great job delivering her message of family and feminism.

I remember how impressed I was with the author’s first novel, The Red Tent. While The Boston Girl is well done, it didn’t feel as though the same person wrote it. For me, the writing here seemed a lot less sophisticated. Perhaps it was intentional. I am not sure. Either way, I enjoyed reading this book and I like that it reminds women of how far we’ve come and encourages us to continue to the fight for equality.


One response to “The Boston Girl

  1. Pam April 29, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you for answering a question I’ve had since hearing of The Boston Girl: “Would the writing style be similar to that of The Red Tent?”
    Great review!

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