The Boston Girl – Anita Diamant

Sep 27

The Boston Girl – Anita Diamant

I absolutely loved The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. I was excited to get my reading hands on her latest novel, The Boston Girl. The main character is a Jewish woman named Addie Baum. Addie is deeply entrenched in an old-school family in the early 1900s. She longs to learn, to read, to see things. She is looking back on her life in 1985, and telling the high and low points to her granddaughter.

The story is satisfying, but not as gripping as the aforementioned book. Some of the characters were thinly painted, and then all of a sudden dead without much afterthought. Her mother is a nightmare. Thankfully, Addie has a good sense of humor and a tenacity to succeed. Some sections were over-explained (she dated a douche in her early years, move on) and some facets were simply skirted around and never fully explained (her sister’s death.)

Solid book, not a core-shaker.

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