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Writer Anita Diamant Captures A First-Generation 'Boston Girl'12:55Download

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"How did you get to be the woman you are today?" That's how writer Anita Diamant opens her new novel, "The Boston Girl." It's a question posed by a granddaughter to her 85-year-old grandmother and the novel's protagonist, Addie Baum.

Addie was born in 1900 as the daughter of Russian immigrants, growing up in a one-room tenement in Boston's North End. She becomes what she calls a "real Boston girl" — modern, educated, connected. But to get there, she must overcome challenges and tragedies, from the flu epidemic, to the suspicions of her old world parents about new world ways.

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Anita Diamant, writer and award-winning journalist. Author of "The Boston Girl," "The Red Tent," "Day After Night," among others. She tweets @AnitaDiamant.

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This segment aired on December 16, 2014.

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