Welcome to TBR Tuesdays! Every Tuesday, I share an entry on my never ending to-be-read list. As I make my way through the list, I’ll update you lovely LitWits with my reviews and suggestions for your own reading lists.
Today’s entry is The Boston Girl from Anita Diamant. Like most of the rest of the world, I first discovered Diamant with her The Red Rent. This, however, is not that. Although both are coming of age stories, The Boston Girl is seen through the eyes of a 20th century Russian immigrant making her way in the world in–you guessed it–Boston.
Before I thumbed through the book or flipped to read the descriptive copy on the back, I was drawn to the juxtaposition of the title and cover image. Boston is indeed a coastal city, but the sea is not an iconic image of the metropolis. While not being one to typically judge a book by its cover, I was immediate intrigued. I wanted to know who this girl is, and what her story is.
I always open up the first few pages and skim a bit before deciding to take a book home with me. I feel a need to get acquainted before diving right in. In the first couple paragraphs, our protagonist Addie tells her granddaughter Ava that she’s always been her favorite. She immediately follows that sentiment up with, “I know I say that to all of my grandchildren and I mean it every single time.” Being one such grandchild to exactly the same kind of grandmother, I was hooked.
Being a Boston transplant myself, I’m looking forward to reading about towns and landmarks I know still stand from this era. I can’t wait to see how Addie’s story unfolds, and how she gets to be having the introductory conversation with her favorite granddaughter.
Of course, I’ll let you know how it turns out!