By Anita Diamant
New York Times bestseller!
An unforgettable novel a few younger Jewish lady starting to be up in Boston within the early 20th century, advised “with humor and optimism…through the eyes of an impossible to resist heroine” (People)—from the acclaimed writer of The crimson Tent.
Anita Diamant’s “vivid, affectionate portrait of yank womanhood” (Los Angeles Times), follows the lifetime of one lady, Addie Baum, via a interval of dramatic switch. Addie is The Boston lady, the lively daughter of an immigrant Jewish kin, born in 1900 to oldsters who have been unprepared for the USA and its impression on their 3 daughters. becoming up within the North finish of Boston, then a teeming multicultural local, Addie’s intelligence and interest take her to a global her mom and dad can’t imagine—a international of brief skirts, videos, star tradition, and new possibilities for girls. Addie desires to end highschool and goals of going to school. She wishes a occupation and to discover real love. From the one-room tenement house she shared along with her mom and dad and sisters, to the library workforce for ladies she joins at a local payment apartment, to her first, disastrous love affair, to discovering the affection of her lifestyles, eighty-five-year-old Addie recounts her adventures with humor and compassion for the naïve woman she as soon as was.
Written with an identical cognizance to historic aspect and emotional resonance that made Diamant’s earlier novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a relocating portrait of 1 woman’s advanced lifestyles in 20th century the USA, and a desirable examine a iteration of ladies discovering their locations in a altering global. “Diamant brings to existence a bit of feminism’s forgotten background” (Good Housekeeping) during this “inspirational…page-turning portrait of immigrant existence within the early 20th century” (Booklist).
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