The Boston Girl starts with a question from granddaughter to grandmother: “How did you get to be the woman you are today?”
What follows is one woman’s journey through early 20th century Boston. Born to traditional parents in a time when traditions were beginning to shift, Addie Baum yearns to finish high school and go to college. Stymied at home, she joins a local woman’s group and meets the people who would (unbeknownst to Addie) be the driving force that would change her story.
Year by year, Addie weaves together her story: family tragedy and joys, friendships that shape her life, and her constant dream of a career of her own. Diamant does a wonderful job of creating a well rounded narrator in Addie, who readers will watch grow from a strong willed girl into a quietly resolute and confident woman.
As with many of Diamant’s books, you can expect a lot of attention to historical details, so I would recommend to historical fiction fans and those who enjoy a deliberately told story with a strong sense of time and place. The book reads like one long, lovely conversation with a beloved grandmother.