Credit: Anne Knudsen
Anita Diamant in conversation with Alice LaPlante
Thursday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.
The Boston girl
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes a character written with such powerful emotional resonance that you will hurt when she hurts and rejoice when she rejoices. That character is Addie Baum, born in 1900 to immigrant parents. The novel is framed as 85-year-old Addie telling her life story to her 22-year-old granddaughter, Ava, who has asked her, "How did you get to be the woman you are today?"
As a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world that would've shocked her parents - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women. Addie's controversial desires (for the times) complements and contrasts to Ava's own life desires, including her wish to become a rabbi.
The Boston girl, written with the same historical detail as Diamant's previous books, 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.
Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night. An award-winning jouranlist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life.
Alice LaPlante is the author of five books, including Turn of Mind, a New York Times, NPR, and American Independent Booksellers Association bestseller. She teaches creative writing at both Stanford and San Francisco State.
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