The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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From the New York Times bestselling 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 twentieth 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 twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in...
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442380387
Characteristics: digital
Additional Contributors: Lavin, Linda
Notes: Unabridged

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May 29, 2015

This novel is an extended conversation between an 85-year-old grandmother and her 22-year-old granddaughter who has just graduated from Harvard. While trying to answer the question, "How did you get to be the woman you are today?", Addie Baum, born in 1900 to immigrant parents, shares her personal history. From the settlement houses of the early 20th century through two world wars and post-war prosperity, countless family joys and tragedies have shaped Addie in many unseen ways. The listener also learns how Boston has changed and grown over nearly a century. Linda Lavin was a great narrator choice for this book!

May 06, 2015

A very nice story, especially suited to listening to on audio. This novel doesn't offer much in the way of plot, but is instead a lovely story about growing up in Boston in the early 1900's. The author tells the story so nicely. This was a relaxing and comforting read.

lotuslori_8 Mar 25, 2015

Very enjoyable and lovely audiobook. It feels very personal, like your own Grandma telling you about her life. Linda Lavin does a great job as the reader.


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