The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

by Anita Diamant

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857208910
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 11/28/2015
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Best known for her 1997 biblically themed novel, The Red Tent — the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob in the Book of Genesis, and his four wives — Anita Diamant has written four other novels, a collection of essays, Pitching My Tent, and several nonfiction books about contemporary Jewish life. She is also a prizewinning journalist whose work has appeared regularly in the Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting magazine.

Hometown:

Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 27, 1951

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

M.A. in English, SUNY, Binghamton, NY, 1975; B.A. in Comparative Literature, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, 1973.

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The Boston Girl: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this novel.  It read like an autobiography.  Wonderful character devepment.  However, 2 parts broke my heart.  The main character was tormented by her judgmental mother, but this same character make judgemental political statements that were out of place and unneeded.  I felt the author threw them in for publishers or editors agendas.  This book is well worth your time and money.  I do highly recommend it.  I just cannot understand the lack of knowledge or poor judgement I see in many modern books that push political beliefs, but don't reflect a true understanding of the what they oppose.  This very small part of the book sadden me, but I am glad I read this book and will continue to read more by this author.  This book deserves an A++++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and felt it was a welcome change from crime and other types of fiction  which are currently been published. This book about Addie Baum the first American born child o f Russian Jewish immigrants who was born in Boston in 1900 . She is telling her granddaughter in 1985 the story of her life. It a rags-to-middle-class story. A lot of the book shows how the settlement programs for immigrants provided the children of immigrants  opportunities for education and friendship. I liked the fact that the book was about poor immigrants;  Many Americans are forgetting about their poor immigrant roots.  However, I thought the ending of the book lacked a punch. The book needed some kind of climax. Furthermore, the book lacked a strong message. It missed some of the qualities of top fiction such as conflict between characters and a lead character who will mature and grow over time.  espite these shortcomings I enjoyed the book and found it a entertaining book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the whole storyline. Female protagonist from poor beginnings and traumatic childhood , yet she was strong and accomplished much in her time. Page turner and worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting and worth the read.  I enjoy memoirs, and this has the flavor of that genre.  The history regarding women's issues during this time period was interesting. The conflicts between characters were there,  especially between mom and Addie and mom and the other characters.  Some stronger development of  characters was missing. As a coming of age style of novel, this lacked a strong message of lesson learned, other than Addie learned she wasn't responsibile for Celia's death. Still, a good read.
happenstancegirl More than 1 year ago
Once I started, I couldn't put down this book. Very inspiring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad this story had to end
Wiggles More than 1 year ago
This book was so heartfelt yet honest. Throughout the entire 322 pages, the reader connects to the main character, Addie Baum, as well as all of her dear lifelong friends and family. This book is about a young jewish girl growing up in the early 1900's. Diamant did a tremendous job with her research, so this book is historically accurate however the history does not get in the way of the story being told by Addie Baum. The book has powerful lifelong friendships and has so many different aspects it is hard not to love. It is currently my favorite book and therefore I am recommending it to all of my friends as well as to you! The Boston Girl is incredibly well written and I can not praise Diamant enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the best stories are those closest to the truth. I don't need a dramatic ending or a character whose life was written in the history books. Addie's story is wonderful in the normality and strength of it. We should all aspire to be the kind of person Addie is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a former Inkeeper of the Rockport Lodge I found this book fascinating. I enjoyed the tie to the jewish community as well as the modern women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Diamant's fiction except ...Dogtown, and found it the least interesting. As a Boston native the history was fun to follow but may not be particularly interesting to a noon native. I found the character development hollow and the gimmick of selling this as an "interview" didn't do much to help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unsophisticated character development
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed Linda Lavin. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought she was actually Addie herself. It was her voice and her mannerism as she spoke about the different subjects that were occurring in her life, that I thought many times this audio was actually a memoir. It took me a while to fall into the life of Addie, as I didn’t quite understand the gist of the novel but then I realized, it was everything and anything that was occurring and nothing in particular. I just needed to follow along as Addie adjusted to life, as she tried to find her place in the world. This novel was a bit slower than what I had expected but I liked the character of Addie. Addie was driven and she had initiative. Her relationship with her mother was not good and I think that shaped Addie into who she was. This novel covers many subjects, some subjects it just touches the surface while others it harbors there and effects Addie. Addie wanted to be a Boston Girl, it was in her plans, it was something she desired and we all need to have dreams. Here is a sample of the audio. Just listen to that voice, that accent, it just makes the novel and soon, you love it. https://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/96954/the-boston-girl-by-anita-diamant/
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Well written story about struggles of a young girl nd frirndships that can sometimes span generations and lifetimes. Easy read. Good vacation read. I kept looking forwardto mypooldown time so i could get back tomy book.
GranbyLibraryBookClub More than 1 year ago
The Boston Girl starts with an 85-year-old Addie being interviewed by her granddaughter about growing up in Boston as an Eastern European Jewish Immigrant in 1915. The story is a coming of age tale, focusing on Addie’s friendships from her late teenage and early adult years and the events that effected and shaped the rest of her life. Our book group read "Boston Girl" and found this to be a quick and enjoyable read that some found heart wrenching but overall delightful. Addie and her friends were pioneers in modern day feminism and this lead to a discussion full of hot topics. Also, being from Massachusetts we found we were able to appreciate a look at immigration in Boston, and it proved to be a fresh take with so many stories focusing on this time in New York City. We also felt the story was a bit familiar, like talking to our own Great Grandparents and Grandparents. As a side note, the audio version is performed brilliantly, with Linda Lavin’s Boston accent and spirit really giving it an authentic feel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I could not put book down.
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I enjoyed the book and the characters, but i cant help feeling like the story did not go deep enough.
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