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'The Boston Girl' by Anita Diamant is pleasant but lacks bite
'The Boston Girl' by Anita Diamant is pleasant but lacks bite

Anita Diamant is having a big December. Her new novel, "The Boston Girl," has been released right after the Lifetime premiere of "The Red Tent," based on her wildly successful 1997 debut. It's easy to write dismissively of Diamant — she's a woman who writes popular fiction about women, so the whisper of "Lifetime" is almost a one-word denouncement. And to be honest, I'm of two minds about "The Boston Girl." On the one hand, it's a vivid, affectionate portrait of American womanhood. On the other, it feels at times a bit like chicken soup. The title refers to 85-year-old Addie Baum, who tells her story in response to a...

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