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The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl

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A beautifully drawn story of Abbie, an 85-year old daughter of Russian immigrants who relates her entire life to her granddaughter, Ava. We go back to Abbie’s school days, learn of her siblings, her parents, her education, her first love and her coming-of-age. With sad references to the post World War I flu epidemic, losses in her family, misscarriages and family members lost in World War II, this is a magnificent tale of an age, of the birth of feminism, social reform and sexual liberation. Abbie is a lovely character and is helped throughout her life by some amazing people. With a great feeling of well-being, warmth, simple goodness and spotted with laughter and tears, this is a tale that just flows off the pages, a must read, highly recommended.

If you like Anita Diamant you might also like to read books by David Maine, Alice Hoffman and Kate Quinn.

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The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

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.

About the Author

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.

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30th November 1999


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