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Program Type: Books/Writing
Age: Adults

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Bev Gach will lead a discussion of Anita Daimant's novel The Boston Girl. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the book in advance. Ask for a copy at the library’s information desk.

From Publisher's Weekly:

Bestseller Diamant (The Red Tent) tells a gripping story of a young Jewish woman growing up in early-20th-century Boston. Addie Baum, an octogenarian grandmother in 1985, relates long-ago history to a beloved granddaughter, answering the  question: “How did I get to be the  woman I am today?” The  answer: by living a fascinating life. First reminiscing about 1915 and the  reading club she became a part of as a teenager, Addie, in a conversational tone, recounts the  lifelong friendships that began at club meetings and days by the seaside at nearby Rockport. She tells movingly of the fatal effects of the flu, a relative’s suicide, the  touchy subject of abortion and its aftermath, and even her own disastrous first date, which nearly ended in rape. Ahead of her time, Addie also becomes a career woman, working as a newspaper typist who stands up for her beliefs at all costs. This is a stunning look into the past with a plucky heroine readers will cheer for.

Winner of the 2016 Amelia Bloomer Book List Award in Young Adult Fiction. The award is administered by the American Library Association and is given to books with feminist content, excellence in writing, and age appropriateness.