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The Saturday Evening Girls Club

door Jane Healey

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In Boston's North End, four immigrant women leave childhood behind--but never one another. For four young immigrant women living in Boston's North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn't come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives--and hope for a better future. Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition. The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they'll draw strength--and the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.… (meer)

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This story isn't one of excitement but it sure is a very enjoyable read. The author has done a beautiful job of showing a glimpse into the thoughts and challenges of women in the beginning of the 20th century. It's a very pure read, suitable for readers of all ages. ( )
  AnnPratley | Nov 3, 2020 |
Not my usual type of book (very Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-ish) but I loved it. I only read it because it was part of a July Book club Box that I purchased. I'm glad I did. It was a quick and easy read and the characters were very well developed and easy to like. I really wanted them all to succeed. A great read if you like strong female leads and are pro girl-power. ( )
  CatherineStewart | Mar 21, 2020 |
Wow....I found this book to be enlightning and i'm surprised! I'd highly recommend this for boomers if you are curious about life in you grandmothers time. Particularly if you are from the
Boston area ….the North End?? Young women with major choices to face, traditonal ? Striking out for independence? both?
Instead of picturing nana in a rocking chair, see her for the young woman she once was. ( )
  linda.marsheells | Mar 12, 2020 |
Reminiscent of Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl, this historical novel revolves around Hull House, a settlement house in the North End of Boston, in 1908. The title refers to a line of craft pottery (Paul Revere Ware) designed and manufactured by local girls, with the aid of socialite and philanthropist Helen Osborne Storrow. The four main characters, two Jewish and two Italian women, are trying to make their livings in creative fields, despite resistance from their immigrant parents and the sexism of the times. Their devotion to each other and the dedication of the social workers assisting them is heartening. ( )
  froxgirl | Jun 25, 2017 |
I was really looking forward to checking this book out. The fact that it was based around true facts was a plus. First, off I loved this time period. As soon as I started reading, I was transported back to this era. All of the ladies were fine. I didn't have a problem with them. My only concern was that it was a little hard to get to know them all very well as instead of four unique voices, there was really only one voice, Caprice. So this made it a little harder to warm up to all of the ladies instantly. Not that Caprice was a bad voice but it would have made it nicer to hear all of the ladies speak with their perspective versus one side looking in. So, it did make the beginning of the book reading slower but after I was in a ways, I did find my footing with the story as well as the ladies. Each one was different, yet they had goals that they were determined to strive for. I did like this book and do plan to check out other books by this author. ( )
  Cherylk | May 7, 2017 |
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In Boston's North End, four immigrant women leave childhood behind--but never one another. For four young immigrant women living in Boston's North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn't come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives--and hope for a better future. Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition. The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they'll draw strength--and the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.

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