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The Saturday Evening Girls Club

A Novel
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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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.

©2017 Jane Healey (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Angela Dieckman
  • 25-05-2018

Interesting and sweet story

3.5/5: This was a sweet, simple story that held my interest for the most part. It gives a glimpse of life in the early 1900's for four young, immigrant women. They each walk a line of adapting American ways while holding onto traditions of their families. Each of the four women's characters were developed fairly well. You also get a glimpse into how important the Saturday Evening Girls Club (SEG) was to each of them. I also liked that each chapter began with an Italian or Jewish proverb (the two main people groups represented in the main characters). Worth reading.

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  • Sara
  • 10-01-2018

A Sweet Story

I enjoyed this gently told story about young women growing up as first generation immigrants in early 1900s Boston. The focus of the story was centered on hope and changing the old and familiar ways of living. With the support of the club and a collection of generous society ladies the girls lives were transformed.

The story was very positive, for me almost a bit too positive. At times, I thought it was a little too rose colored glasses and overly smooth and easy in the way things worked out. In reality, life for young women at the time was difficult and no matter how hard they worked not everyone had such success.

That said, this book was an upbeat story which nicely captured the historic feeling of the time.

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  • Kim Cano
  • 04-10-2017

A Happy Historical Read

I was disappointed when The Saturday Evening Girls Club came to an end. I didn't want to leave Caprice and friends, women who lived in a time where people socialized in person instead of via the technology of today's world. Their lives seemed richer and fuller than women of this century who have so much more. Plus they wore hats. I don't know why everyone stopped wearing hats and wish they'd make a comeback soon.

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 25-06-2017

Could NOT finish!

I tried I really tried listening and trying to get into "The Saturday Evening Girls Club" but it was NOT a novel from the year 1908! Okay I'm petty, but if an author is using a certain year they better do some research and this author didn't! She didn't research pay scale for a woman in 1908. She didn't research when the 1st car was invented, and last, which bothered me so much..look at this cover..the cover of the book...does it say 1908!!!

It was good in the beginning until I also realized the POV was coming from one of the girls? There are 4 girls and 1 was the POV..this author needs to re write this again..especially when a girls is getting married and says "I heard (with tears in her voice...my words) about the marriage night...boohoo...WHERE DOES IT GO? WHERE DOES IT COME OUT?" Obviously trying to ask about sex, but it just didn't read right...

I do not like this book, I couldn't even finish it and I hate when I can't recommend a book audible or not...not worth it.

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  • Alpaca Lady
  • 02-01-2019

Pure Enjoyment of Ambitious Young Immigrant Women 1908-1909

If you enjoy Adriana Trigiani's novels of Italian culture, you will enjoy this! Listening to this narrator was a real pleasure. I consider it an improvement on the printed page, so that's high praise!
Boston's North End in 1908-09 is the setting for this very enjoyable story about four young women and their families. Italian and Jewish immigrant families are looked down on by society at that time, and the women suffer employment and other prejudices. Their hopes and dreams are encouraged, and their lives enriched by The Saturday Evening Girls Club, founded by a few charitable society women. The main characters, now twenty, have been a part of the club since they were thirteen, and have become very close. While the plot is driven by their educational and professional ambitions, their romances and plans for marriage (or not to marry) weave all their individual stories more tightly together. In this great story, the author has combined well-developed, likable characters in a historical setting that shows social, racial, and sexual equality of that time.

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  • Heyston
  • 31-12-2018

Loved it - twice!

I read it and listened too! So enjoyed learning about the friends and following their-relationships.

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  • TikiQ
  • 18-12-2018

loved it. didn't want story to end

wish the story went on 26 more chapters until the main 4 girls were grandmas!

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  • CP
  • 01-12-2018

Don’t waste your time or money!!

Extremely disappointing book, so boring and hard to listen to that I’d repeatedly jump forward 10 minutes at a time in the narration and find myself still mired in the same events, which dragged on and on and on... I finally gave up after about 40% of the book, since I simply did not care to waste any more time to find out what became of the insipid characters. Characters seemed really immature.

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  • Leslie
  • 15-11-2018

Great book!

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Really well written and the narrator was wonderful. I will definitely recommend this to my friends!

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  • Ellen B.
  • 17-04-2018

If you’re looking for an easy read

This is a sweet story set in the early 1900’s. Predictable storyline, average writing but the performance was excellent. I got very sick of every female constantly having “flushed cheeks”. Mix up your descriptors for a more interesting listening experience.