FJC Hosts Another Jewish Book Council Author Talk Featuring Jane Healey: The Saturday Evening Girls Club
Thursday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Books sales handled by Eight Cousins Bookstore
“A breathtaking ode to female empowerment and the American Dream, The Saturday Evening Girls Club belongs on every feminist’s bookshelf. It’s the ultimate battle cry for female potential.” —Redbook
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. This story of young women’s dreams of personal and professional fulfillment resonate as strongly today.
For more information on the historical background, visit: New England Historical Society