I don’t know how it is possible that i’ve made it this far into life without having read Anita Diamant, but I have. It may be precisely because The Red Tent was so popular, that I never read it. So when I saw that she has a new book out, The Boston Girl, I thought, now is my time to read Diament without any preconceived conceptions.
The Boston Girl reads very much like a memoir and I know that it’s supposed to have the feel. The problem is, I have an incurable aversion to first person narratives. Sometimes, I can get past it, but this was not one of those times.
That being said, the social history contained within the pages of The Boston Girl was fascinating. The book recounts the life of Addie Baum, a very intelligent and independent Jewish woman growing up in the early 20th century. While Addie is not so different from someone like me, the times in which she lived, and the restrictions placed upon women, were very different. Rebellion, sexism, class and race all still exist today, but The Boston Girl did allow me to reflect on how far we’ve come in some ways, and how little things have changed in other ways.
Who would like this book? Seeing as I have never read Diamant before, I do not know whether or not her fans will like this book. I can, however, recommend it to those who are interested in women’s social history. In fact, the book is very much set up to feel like you are sitting down, talking to your grandmother and that’s what it feels like. Diamant is a staple of women’s book clubs, and i think this book would be very suitable and provide lots of discussion in such a venue.
I received a copy of this book for review consideration from the publisher via NetGalley.