The book is the simple, but beautiful story of Addie Baum. She is Jewish immigrant growing up in 1920s Boston. It is told through an interview by Ava, Addie’s grand-daughter. She has a zest for life. This literary device helps to show how this country’s view of women and immigrants have changed.
Why I loved it:
The Boston Girl explores how woman’s roles have changed throughout the last hundred years. It reminded me of Brooklyn, another story of an immigrant’s life in its complicated simplicity. The theme of how life’s routine happenings can shape a person or a generation is one of my favorites in literature.
Where it will inspire you to travel:
Like most US cities, Boston was shaped by the immigrants who first visited it. Our old cities are a wonderful mix of old and new and The Boston Girl will allow you to picture days gone by in the beautiful, old city. When you walk by the Old Trinity Church now or through the Boston Gardens you will be able to picture Addie’s world.
To get more inspiration to travel to Boston read Boston in Bloom. Have you read this book? Do you have another book set in Boston that you love? Let me know in the comments.