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Author: Anita Diamant Narrator: Linda Lavin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781442380370
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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 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 bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Religion, feminism, the pull between tradition and the modern world…What makes this story engaging is just that old-fashioned straightforwardness, as well as its perfect ear for the locutions of the time…No wonder this book rings so true: reading it feels like lazing away a winter afternoon with a beloved aging relative paging through a family scrapbook.”, editorial review

  • “A gripping story…This is a stunning look into the past with a plucky heroine readers will cheer for.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Diamant offers impeccable descriptions of Boston life during these early years of the twentieth century and creates a loving, caring lead character who grows in front of our eyes from a naïve young girl to a warm, wise elder. Readers interested in historical fiction will certainly enjoy this look at the era, with all its complications and wonders.”

    Library Journal

  • “Enjoyable fiction with a detailed historical backdrop, this sweet tale is paradigmatic book club fare.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A first-person tour of the early twentieth century through the eyes of Addie Baum…Addie’s vibrant voice makes history come alive in this inspirational story of a young woman who thinks big and makes her dreams come true”.


  • “A touching, unforgettable journey with a witty, charming guide. Narrator Linda Lavin brings heartfelt emotions, intelligence, and humor to Addie. Her performance is so truthful it feels as if Lavin is Addie Baum or Addie Baum is Lavin…Lavin is relaxed and mellow, chuckling when Addie finds something amusing—you can hear the impish smile on her face. As Addie’s life unfolds, Anita Diamant offers a well-researched, detailed look at women in the last century, and Lavin gets it just right. PS: I want Linda Lavin to be my BFF.  Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for December 2014
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for December 2014
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/27/2018

    " My favorite part about this book was Linda Lavin's narration. I could "hear" her smile in her voice! She brought Addie to life for me. Learning what life was like for both women immigrants and native born women in the early 20th century was amazing. Addie was an inspiration although she never thought so for part of her life. I love that Addie had life-long friends a I do. The style of telling her story through memories while being interviewed by her own granddaughter was clever. A wonderful listen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/13/2018

    " A wonderful book read by an actress who made it come to life. I was sitting in the room with Addie, listening, laughing and sharing tears with her. In the early 80's, my grandmother was about the age of Addie, and I the granddaughter. There is so much I wish I knew about her early years. I am starting that journal for my granddaughter now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/11/2018

    " Love the book and the narration. It was perfect. In fact, it has inspired me to start a journal of my memories -- much like Addie did for her granddaughter "

About the Author

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, and The Last Days of Dogtown. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared regularly in the Boston Globe magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She currently lives in Massachusetts.