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The Boston Girl: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anita Diamant

Narrated By: Linda Lavin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2014

Duration: 7 hours 41 minutes


Addie Baum is a Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant Jewish parents who live a very modest life entrenched in Roxbury's Jewish community. Addie's intelligence and curiosity lead her to a more modern path. Addie wants to finish high school and to go to college. She wants a career, she wants to find true love. She wants to escape the confines of her family. And she does.

Boston Girl begins in 1985 when Addie Baum's 22 -year old Granddaughter asks about Addie's childhood. Starting her story in 1915, the year she began to question her role in the world -- Addie relates the story of her life. From the one-room apartment in Boston's West End she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library groups for girls at the Salem Street Settlement where Addie finds refuge after high school and on Saturdays. To Rockport Lodge in a seaside town 40 miles north of Boston where Addie and other immigrant girls from the Settlement go for a vacation in the summers and make friendships that will last a lifetime and where they learn about art, boys, and sports. From her brother-in-law's shirt factory where she works as a secretary, to the offices of the Transcipt, one of Boston's evening newspapers -- where she begins as a secretary typing and answering phones and ends up writing a column about events "Seen and Heard" around Boston. From a first boyfriend to failed relationships, to the "real thing." Addie's story is told against the backdrop of World War I, the flu epidemic, the ideas of Margaret Sanger, reforms in child labor laws, the growth of Reformed Judaism in America, and how the role of women was changed by all of this.

Written with the same attention to detail and emotional impact that made Diamant's previous novels bestsellers, Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman's complicated life in the early 20th Century, and a window into the lives of all women seeking to understand the world around them.


  • Jackie Dunn

    I really loved this book. The narrator was lovely to listen to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mary Beaudreau

    Excellent story and the narration was perfect. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Babara Perlman

    loved it. . It was very real.. The narration was very good also

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Hannah Rowley

    Loved this book! Loved the narration with just the right inflections and accents!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • lance morgenstern

    I very much enjoyed this book. It was my first audio book and I enjoyed the narrators voice.

  • Joanne Donsky

    Not a great book. I expected something more interesting from Anita Diamant.

  • Christine King

    I really enjoyed both the book and the narration.

  • Lindsay Stewart

    The narrator was my favorite. I loved the way she captured all the emotions of the character. Great summer read!

  • Wendy Mercado

    I really enjoyed this story, and the narrator! It's nice to read a happy story!!

  • Kim Mackay

    Loved it. Loved the narration it really made the story come to life. Was a great story which was enhanced by the narrator.