The Boston Girl
By Anita Diamant
Scribner, 2015. 322 pgs. Historical Fiction
In "The Boston Girl," Addie Baum is the completely engaging narrator of her life which begins in 1900 in the North End of Boston. Her Jewish immigrant parents struggle to find happiness and stability in their bewildering new country. But Addie finds escape and friendship in a library club for girls which provides valuable opportunities to see and embrace the wider world.
Addie tells her story with optimism and humor as she navigates an era of exciting change and heartbreaking challenges. She moves from first job and first love, to finding her place in the world and establishing a home and family of her own.
Anita Diamant is a wonderful storyteller with an impressive ability to describe dynamic people and places. "The Boston Girl" is a thoroughly enjoyable novel. The audio version, narrated by Linda Lavin, is especially entertaining. Lavin’s lovely Boston accent lends authenticity and charm to an already delectable book.