By Anita Diamant
New York Times bestseller!
An unforgettable novel a few younger Jewish girl transforming into up in Boston within the early 20th century, informed “with humor and optimism…through the eyes of an impossible to resist heroine” (People)—from the acclaimed writer of The purple 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 woman, the lively daughter of an immigrant Jewish kin, born in 1900 to folks who have been unprepared for the US and its impact on their 3 daughters. transforming into 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, big name tradition, and new possibilities for ladies. Addie desires to end highschool and goals of going to varsity. She desires a profession and to discover real love. From the one-room tenement residence she shared along with her mom and dad and sisters, to the library workforce for ladies she joins at an area cost 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 lady she as soon as was.
Written with a similar awareness to historic aspect and emotional resonance that made Diamant’s prior novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a relocating portrait of 1 woman’s advanced lifestyles in 20th century the US, and a desirable examine a new release of ladies discovering their areas in a altering international. “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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