Written by Anita Diamant of The Red Tent fame, Boston Girl is the story of a young Jewish woman from an immigrant family growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.
Addie Baum is the Boston Girl and is telling the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old
granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you
are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made
friends who would help shape the course of her life. 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 and the work she finds, Addie recalls her adventures with
compassion and humor.
While reading this book, I couldn't help imagine that my own daughter was interviewing her grandmothers who belonged to this generation of women finding their place in the changing world of the twentieth century.
I highly recommend this good read.