In Boston’s North End, four immigrant women leave childhood behind—but never one another.
For four young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn’t come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives—and hope for a better future.
Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition.
The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they’ll draw strength—and the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.
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About the Author
Jane Healey was inspired to write The Saturday Evening Girls Club after learning of the group’s history while researching an article on their namesake pottery, also known as Paul Revere Pottery. She became fascinated by the relatively unknown stories of these smart, sassy, enterprising young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End at the turn of the twentieth century.
In addition to being a fiction writer, Jane is a freelance journalist and consultant. Her publishing credits include the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, AOL/Huffington Post, the Street, Publishers Weekly, and New England Home.
Jane holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree from Northeastern University. She shares a home north of Boston with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. When she’s not writing, she enjoys running, reading, and cooking. For more information on the author and her work, visit www.janehealey.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recently read Jane Healey’s Beantown Girls and loved it so much, so went looking for something else and found The Saturday Evening Girls Club. I liked it as well. Well liked and well developed characters. A well written story of girls of Italian and Jewish immigrants in the early 1900’s, trying to find their way in Boston, straddling the old ways of their parents and their desire to find their own. It beautifully weaves the stories of their cultures and religious beliefs, and they are helped along by Boston society women, that formed the girl’s club, to help navigate them in their quest. I loved both of these books and will look forward to her next release, as well as past efforts.
This amazing book took me hostage as I couldn't put it down! I want to be in Saturday Evening Girls Club! The book follows Caprice, and her 3 best friends. Each of the girls struggle with different aspects of their life. The girls are there for each other always and it's an amazing story of friendship, of the girls wants and desires, and family. Being set in the early 1900's it amazing to see what changes in the world have occurred since then. I truly enjoyed this book and cheered for the girls and also cried with them. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me an ARC for an honest review.
The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey I would like to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Jane Healey for an ARC of "The Saturday Evening Girls Club" by Jane Healey for my honest review. The genres of this book are General Fiction(Adult), and Women' Fiction. I also feel that this is Historical Fiction and Romance. Kudos to Jane Healey who did the historical research about The Saturday Evening Girls Club, and other clubs in Boston North in the early 1900s. The club offered young women, especially immigrants, the wonderful artistic opportunity for making pottery, and supporting the arts with drama and music. These clubs were sponsored by wealthy women and women who loved the arts. The club offered the opportunity for young women to have friends. The pottery became valuable, and is known as Paul Revere Pottery. The story takes place in Boston North in the early 1900's when four young women become friends through the Saturday Evening Girl's Club. They are young immigrants working mostly in dress design and making hats. I like the way the author describes their homes in small apartments, and many neighbors. Although these girls were not rich, they were bound to their families traditions. Although the girls came from Jewish and Italian homes, they respected each other. Caprice gave her pay check to her family and tried to save for her dream to own her own hat shop. When the store closes where she has worked, she starts to work at the pottery shop. Caprice is extremely talented in decorating and trimming hats, and holds on to her dream of owning her own shop one day. Ada, is a young intelligent Jewish immigrant. She has been taking college courses at night, and keeping it a secret from her father. Ada more than anything wants to be a physician. Maria is a gorgeous Italian dressmaker,who lives at home with an alcoholic father, who causes major stress to her family. Thea is a young Jewish immigrant, who is the first to be engaged to a man , by an arrangement by her family. Saturday nights are so important to these young women as they share there secrets,hopes and dreams. The club is so important to them. Caprice, Ada and Maria want to break with certain traditions and choose what they want to do in their lives. They want to choose someone they love. They want to live their dreams. Jane Healey writes about family, friendship, tradition, choice, support, love and hope. The author also writes about goals, dreams, and working hard for what one believes in. It is amazing how the author describes her characters, settings and situations. I enjoyed this intriguing and heartwarming novel and would highly recommend this.