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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 39 minutes


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.


  • 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.

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