Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 39 minutes
First Published: 2014
Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. 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, to finding the love of her life, eighty-five-year-old Addie recounts her adventures with humor and compassion for the naïve girl she once was.
Quotes from The Boston Girl
When a shy person smiles, it’s like the sun coming out.
You should always be kind to people, Ava. You never know what sorrows they’re carrying around.
It took me until I was almost forty before I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.
As far as I can tell, common sense hasn’t been in fashion for a long time.
About Anita Diamant
Anita Diamant is a journalist and the author of the novels The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. She currently lives in Massachusetts. Visit the author’s website →