Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You - The Boston Girl; Anita Diamant

 Here's my "Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You" pick for today.  What do you think about this novel -- would you try it? 

The Boston Girl; Anita Diamant
Scribner - December -2014

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable 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 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.


  1. I read this and found it a very good story with strong characters.

  2. Just requested this one on a new to me author!

  3. This does sound like a book worth waiting for!

    1. Not sure whether you've tried this author, but she is very good, IMO

  4. I really liked The Red Tent by this author, so I would pick it up just based on that.

  5. It sounds like Addie has a good story to tell.

  6. I like Anita Diamant and I like books like this one--it would definitely be a book for my TBR list.

  7. I've read a couple of Anita Diamond books...loved one and the other...not so much. But this one sounds good, so I am adding it to my list.

  8. Ooh this sounds good - I love historical fiction that is well written and focusses on the lives of women.


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