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Young Jane Young (Hardcover)
Title: Young Jane Young
If you read only one book this year, let it be this one!
It will fulfill both your “fun, easy, page-turners” and your “smart thought-provokers” quotas. How many books can do that??
On the surface, this book is about a few women and their connection to the story of a political sex scandal. Just as is true of the media frenzy and the public shaming that ensues (both in the fictional story and how it often happens in real life), it is not about the man who causes it. In this, Zevin is brilliant--she flips the table on this female-vilifying narrative, and CHOOSES to focus on the women, not to blame them, but to dig deep into their hearts and souls. We get to know them, and love them, for all their bits and pieces.
— From Zazu
I rejoice in the existence of this book. It is not one-sided, it revels in the complexities of issues pertaining to sexism and does not shy away from asking the questions we've all asked, even if only to ourselves. This book, so easy, so readable and so entertaining, is also invaluable--for lifting us up, teaching us better, and giving us, somehow, a breath of fresh air and a taste of our own medicine at the same time.
September 2017 Indie Next List
“I've been waiting for a quirky, funny, thoughtful novel to follow in the footsteps of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, and behold: I have found it. I loved the vibrant female characters at the heart of this book. Told in four different voices, Young Jane Young is the story of Aviva Grossman, a young Congressional intern in South Florida who does the unthinkable: she sleeps with her boss. The book details the repercussions of that decision and examines the abuse of power that occurs in politics and in the day-to-day interactions between members of the opposite sex. Gabrielle Zevin has written something really smart and heartwarming, yet also incredibly timely.”
— Annie Jones, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA
From the author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry comes another novel that will have everyone talking.
Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her (married) boss. When the affair comes to light, the popular congressman doesn't take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics. She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. This time, she tries to be smarter about her life and strives to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up--an inescapable scarlet A. In the digital age, the past is never, ever, truly past. And it's only a matter of time until Ruby finds out who her mother was and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she knows.
Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, serious, and moving novel about the myriad ways in which roles are still circumscribed for women, whether they are young and ambitious interns; mothers attempting to steer their daughters through a male-dominated world; political wives facing an age-old knowledge that fidelity isn't always honored; or young girls feeling bold about their many choices before they realize the gender restrictions all around them. Gabrielle Zevin captures not only the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women but also the mood of our recent highly charged political season.
About the Author
Gabrielle Zevin is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, spent more than four months on the New York Times bestseller list, reached number one on the national Indie Bestsellers list, and has been a bestseller all around the world. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Elsewhere.