Book Club: The Boston Girl
This new novel by the author of The Red Tent follows the life of a first-generation American Jewish girl in the early 20th century who seeks an education and career, true love, popular culture and fashion, and other aspects of American life that are foreign to her immigrant parents.
Future Book Club dates are January 31 and February 28, 2016.
Anita Diamant’s novel,“The Boston Girl,” comes to us as the transcript of a tape-recorded monologue delivered by an 85-year-old woman named Addie Baum. Addie is cheery, alert and full of needlepointed wisdom. If this allegedly spontaneous memoir is any indication, she’s also the most well-organized 85-year-old woman in the world. Asked by her granddaughter to talk about how she got to be the person she is today, Addie takes us back to 1900, the year she was born. From there, she leads us through a series of episodes that have all the color and vibrancy of a plastic bouquet. Continue reading the Washington Post review
Anita Diamant’s novel Boston Girl begins with a question: a granddaughter asks her grandmother, “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” Listen to the story on NPR