Melissa R. Klapper

Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, and a member of the Jewish Women’s Archive Academic Advisory Council. Her most recent book, Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press, 2013) won the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies.

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"The Boston Girl," by Anita Diamant, cropped

Book Review: The Boston Girl

by Melissa R. Klapper

Frequent readers of novels know to expect certain tropes and themes in any coming of age tale: family, school, work, some combination of love, sex, and marriage. If the protagonist is female, then gender discrimination is sure to follow, and if the protagonist is from an immigrant family in America, then conflict over Americanization is equally inevitable. Anita Diamant’s new novel, The Boston Girl, hits every one of these story beats, yet the book is nonetheless an entertaining read enriched by historical research.

Topics: Fiction

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