The Boston Girl: A Novel

  • by Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by Linda Lavin
  • 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable coming-of-age novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early 20th century.
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 22-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.
Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels best sellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman's complicated life in 20th-century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

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Sweet, Nostalgic

I thought the narrator, Linda Lavin, did an excellent job. Her voice was very fitting.

It was a fascinating look through the life of an eighty-five year old Jewish grandmother describing her history, her world to her granddaughter. I could relate on many levels. This is a lovely, sentimental tale if not a little dull at times. It's not an exciting read/listen but it is interesting. I learned a lot and wished that my grandmother had sat down and told me everything about her life before she died. Perhaps I'll get this chance with my own granddaughter someday.

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- Meryl

Loved the story but not the narration!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, especially anyone who grew up with immigrant grandparents. It brought me back to my childhood, and I'm sure it will for other listeners who grew up similarly.


What other book might you compare The Boston Girl: A Novel to and why?

FIRE IN MY EARS by Susan Schneider, and ELIZABETH STREET by Laurie Fabiano. These two books tell immigrant stories as well and what life was like for them once they moved. They also cover how their emigration affected their future families.


What three words best describe Linda Lavin’s voice?

Monotone. And. Dry.


Any additional comments?

While I do likeoLinda Lavin as an actress, I wasn't a fan of her narration in this book and would have preferred a more lively narrated. However I really loved the book and would like to listen to more stories like this.

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- BirminghamMom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio