Title: The Boston Girl
Author: Anita Diamant
Publish Date: December 9, 2014
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Eighty-five-year-old
Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old
granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you
are today?" She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made
friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room
tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the
library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to
her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with
compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor."
My Two Cents:
"The Boston Girl," at the ripe old age of 85, Addie tells her life
story to her 20 something-year-old granddaughter. Her story is one of
trying to become a modern, all-American girl in a family of immigrants
who are tied to their old country ways. Addie is respectful but has a
major difference in opinion as to what a woman's role should be in this
brave new world. The book covers a long time period as Addie goes from
an adolescent to an adult.
This book is by Anita Diamant. She
also wrote "The Red Tent," which I absolutely love. This book is
completely different from that book but a lot of the storytelling
elements that I loved in that book are present in this one. Diamant has a
great eye for detail and adding enough detail to make characters jump
off the page.
Addie is a fascinating character because she is
living during a very quickly changing time in the world. Her life will
be unlike any other life in her family and it is up to her to forge her
own path. She told her story with no bars hold and although the audience
is supposed to be her granddaughter, we the readers get a front row
seat to what her life was like. This writing style was utterly
engrossing and pulled me in from the first page.
Overall, this is a good book about family and making a life for oneself.