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Anita Diamant is a prize-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting. She is the author of the bestselling novels Good Harbor and The Red Tent, which was named Book Sense Book of the Year. She has also written a collection of essays, Pitching My Tent, and six nonfiction books about contemporary Jewish practice. She lives in Massachusetts.
When Addie Baum's 22-year old granddaughter asks her about her childhood, Addie realises the moment has come to relive the full history that shaped her. Addie Baum was a Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant Jewish parents who lived a very modest life. But Addie's intelligence and curiosity propelled her to a more modern path. Addie wanted to finish high school and to go to college. She wanted a career, to find true love. She wanted to escape the confines of her family. And she did. Told against the backdrop of World War I, and written with the same immense emotional impact that has made Diamant's previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman's complicated life in the early 20th Century, and a window into the lives of all women seeking to understand the world around them.
This is a rich, compassionate and compelling novel, loosely based on the true story of a community, which illuminates a small, but vivid, chapter of nineteenth century America.
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on The Red Tent... I was so bowled over by this extraordinary novel that when I finished it, I couldn’t speak. For hours. And I wept intermittently, for days. It was bought for me by one of my closest friends – who said I was to buy another copy for a woman I love and admire. Subsequently, I bought seven further copies – and I will buy more! The novel takes as its premise a small and seemingly insignificant verse of the Old Testament pertaining to Dinah, sister of Joseph and the only daughter of Jacob. This novel is fascinating enough just on the historical, archaeological level. But as profound exploration of the relationships and support existing between women it is truly special. It is as contemporary and relevant as it is ancient and fascinating and is perhaps my all time favourite book.