Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

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.

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