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The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
An intimate look at the daily life of a young Jewish woman in the 1930s

I actually listened to this book on audio, read by actress Linda Lavin. For me, her accent and reading style made the story and characters come to life. That said, it is truly a story of a woman's daily life in Boston: growing up, finding and losing loves, mixing with non-Jews, family drama, and becoming self-possessed against the wishes of intolerant parents. Although there are a few dramatic turns, nothing major happens. It is a loving reflection of a life well lived without major "events" taking place. Other book club mates found it dull and lifeless. I really enjoyed the reading (and recommend listening to it for full effect), but when it was over I didn't feel a longing for more. It was just pleasantly satisfying.

 
Confusing, Boring, Dramatic
Couldn't get through it

This book was overly detailed, providing tons of minute information about the various big and small-time players in the WWII theater. So detailed that I found it difficult to keep track of all the who-and-whats, and lost interest before the love story began (which I'm told was not until the bitter end of the book).

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