Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, 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.
Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells 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, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.
Anita Diamant wrote the hugely popular book The Red Tent which recently became a mini-series, which I LOVED! Frankly I didn’t even know she had a new book out until my Kindle suggested this one for me…. and I am glad it did. I always say that I love being immersed into a new culture or time and this book was set in the early 1900s in a Jewish community in Boston which was new to me. This novel is a slow burn, a drama that filled the lifespan of one family. This book was about the hard times, the joy and the loss this family faced all thru the eyes of the youngest member Addie. I learned a lot while reading this book and I grew to love Addie and I think you will too! I really enjoyed this book and it was a really quick read and I absolutely recommend it to YOU!