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Young Jane Young

Gabrielle Zevin

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

YOUNG JANE YOUNG is a clever, funny, and moving novel about what it means to be a woman, capturing not just the mood of the current highly charged political world, but also the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life.

By the author of international bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.

Aviva Grossman, an ambitious intern in Florida working for a politician, makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss - who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married - and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, Aviva takes the fall. She is slut-shamed, labelled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general.

Aviva sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She starts over as Jane the wedding planner, tries to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident.

But when, at the urging of others, Jane decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. These days, the past is never, ever, truly past, everything you've done lives on in the digital world for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it's only a matter of time until Ruby finds out...

YOUNG JANE YOUNG is a funny, serious and moving novel about the myriad ways in which roles are 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 honoured; or young girls feeling bold about their many choices before they realize the gender restrictions all around them. Gabrielle Zevin captures the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women.

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Praise for Young Jane Young

  • I was captivated . . . a touching, funny and uplifting novel - Psychologies, for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

  • A warm and uplifting story which manages to be witty and quietly subversive while avoiding the pitfalls of sentimentality - Mail on Sunday

  • I was captivated . . . a touching, funny and uplifting novel. - Psychologies, for THE STORIED LIFE A.J. FIKRY

  • This clever, thoughtful, witty novel follows what happens after twentysomething Washington intern Aviva falls for the flaky charms of congressman Aaron...The tale is told, brilliantly, in many voices, including Aviva's sharp Jewish mother and the congressman's unexpectedly funny wife. Significantly, there are no male narrators. This is a woman's story - Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

  • Whip-smart and full of great female characters, fans of Maria Semple will adore Young Jane Young - Sarra Manning, Red magazine

  • Witty and insightful with a crowd of strong female voices, this is a brilliant read - Emerald St

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Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin was raised by parents who took her to the library like it was church. She suspects that is why she became a writer. Her career began at age fourteen when an angry letter to her local newspaper about a Guns 'n' Roses concert resulted in a job as a music critic. Over eight novels for adults and young people, she has written about female soldiers in Iraq, mafia princesses in retro-future New York City, teenage girls in the afterlife, talking dogs, amnesiacs, and the difficulties of loving one person over many years. Her last novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, was a New York Times bestseller.