March 27, 2016

Just Finished: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

This book didn’t leave the tattoo on my life that Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent did (few books ever will), but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is the story of Addie Baum, from the time she is a young girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents, through her adolescence, when she joins a library group for girls and begins to find her true self, and adulthood, as she navigates a career and love in a world her parents don’t understand.

I especially loved the exploration of relationships between Addie and her caustic, unloving mother, her very different but beloved sisters, and the girlfriends who helped shape Addie’s life, all set on a backdrop of the early twentieth century changes in Northeast America, and what they meant for women. Anita Diamant’s writing is just a joy—smart, funny, engrossing, and seamless.


Speaking of relationships between women…


Also just finished: Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, edited by Nina Gaby, and not the Facebook kind of unfriending. More like being full-on, unceremoniously discarded by someone from whom you never in a million years expected it. It happened to me last year, but I never knew it happened frequently enough to be a “thing.” Sad, but it’s always nice to know you’re not alone.