Jan Stafford Kellis

The Boston Girl

For those who’ve read other Anita Diamant books, this one is completely different from her others, but that won’t be a surprise as they’re all different and fabulous in their own right.

This book is written in the style of a one-sided interview. A grandmother, Addie Baum Metsky, is telling the story of her life to her granddaughter Ava. Addie is the Boston girl, and her life is told with rich detail and friendly tenderness, and the reader gets a sense of the granddaughter even though she has no direct dialogue. Addie Baum lived a full and interesting life, and she shares her experiences with friends, boyfriends, family and Boston life during Prohibition, the Depression, and on into the Industrial Revolution. Addie was an independent woman in her day, quite forward and modern for her time, and she handled her various disappointments and griefs with staunch aplomb.

I wish I had been smart enough to interview my grandmothers before they passed away.