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“This book will not only thoroughly entertain everyone who reads it; it is the most immaculate takedown of slut-shaming in literature or anywhere else. Cheers, and gratitude to the author.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Ambitious congressional intern living in Florida, Aviva Grossman, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss — and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the 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.
Out of options, she changes her name and moves to a remote town in Maine. She strives to be smarter about her life and to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up. 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. Young Jane Young is a touching and witty novel about what it means to be a woman of any age, and captures not just the mood of our recent highly charged political season, but also the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women.
About the Author:
Gabrielle Zevin is the author of nine novels, which have been published globally in 30 different languages. Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, debuted on the NY Times Best Seller List and stayed there for months, reached #1 on the National Indie Best Seller List, and has been a bestseller all around the world. The Toronto Globe and Mail called the book “a powerful novel about the power of novels.”
She is also the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best First Screenplay. In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (ALA Best Books for Young Adults) into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University and currently resides in Los Angeles.