AUTHOR’S NIGHT WELCOMES ANITA DIAMANT and THE BOSTON GIRL

On Wednesday October 28 at 6:30 Stellina Author’s Night welcomes one of the most popular authors in the Boston area, Anita Diamant, with her most recent novel The Boston Girl.

Addie Baum is that Boston girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women; a world where women finish high school, go to college, have a career, and find true love. The Boston Girl begins when Addie’s twenty-two year old granddaughter asks, “How did you get to be the woman you are today?”

“Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl introduces [a] woman of substance…[who] relates how growing up in a time of gender inequality, strict family expectations, and a widening generation gap of social values made her a successful person.”
—Boston Herald

Anita Diamant was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1975, she moved to Boston and began a career in journalism, writing for local magazines and newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine.

Her first book, published in 1985, was The New Jewish Wedding, a handbook that combines a contemporary sensibility, respect for tradition and a welcoming prose style.In 1997, Diamant published her first work of fiction, The Red Tent,  inspired by a few lines from Genesis. In 2001, the Independent Booksellers Alliance honored The Red Tent as the “Booksense Best Fiction” of the year. The Red Tent has been published in more than 25 countries world wide

Author’s Night is a free event. A cash bar is available and copies of Ms. Diamant’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of the coordinator of the event, Haley Booksellers.

Immediately after the Author’s Night talk, Stellina will sponsor an Author’s Dinner. Continue the conversation with Ms. Diamant while enjoying cocktails, wines and food of your choice. All beverages and food will be served a la carte. Reservations are required for the dinner.

“Diamant offers impeccable descriptions of Boston life during those early years of the 20th century and creates a loving, caring lead character who grows in front of our eyes.”
Library Journal

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From Ms. Diamant’s website:

The Boston Girl is a coming-of-age story about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.

Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End –at the time a teeming multicultural neighborhood—Addie’s intelligence and curiosity lead her to a world her parents can’t imagine, a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. http://www.stellinarestaurant.com/oct-28-authors-night/ http://www.stellinarestaurant.com/oct-28-authors-night/She wants a career and to find true love.

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.

She remembers staying at Rockport Lodge, a sort of “fresh air fund” resort located in a seaside town north of Boston, where she makes friends, who are part of a life that spans World War I, the influenza epidemic, and the Great Depression.

Written with attention to historical detail and emotional honesty, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

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