Young Jane Young (Paperback)Gabrielle Zevin (author)
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The author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry returns with a witty, moving novel about what it means to be a woman - especially in the Google age where no secret is safe for long.
Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida, 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, the Congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late-night talk show punchline; she is slut-shamed, labelled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general.
How does one go on after this? In Aviva's case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She starts over as a 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, she decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. These days, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you've done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it's only a matter of time until Aviva/Jane's daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 396 g
Dimensions: 234 x 154 x 28 mm
Whip-smart and full of great female characters, fans of Maria Semple will adore Young Jane Young -- Sarra Manning * Red *
Witty and insightful with a crowd of strong female voices, this is a brilliant read * Emerald St *
This sly, exhilarating novel takes on slut-shaming . . . and manages to be hilarious in the process * People, Book of the Week *
It's brilliant and hilarious, and it makes you wince in recognition - for the double-standard that relegates scandalized women to a life of shame even as their married lovers continue with their careers (and often their marriages), for the insatiable appetite we have for every last detail, for the ease and speed with which we stop seeing people as multilayered humans...The five main characters are among my favorite of any recent novel I've read * Chicago Tribune *
A smart, intersectional feminist tour de force * Washington Times *
Maybe with enough determination and love and support, women can choose their own adventures. They can start, like Aviva, by choosing not to be ashamed. In this life-affirming novel, Zevin doesn't make that look easy, but she makes it look possible * Ron Charles, Washington Post *
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 starred review *
Aviva Grossman was far and away the most capable intern working in the Florida district office of her local congressman - until their affair was exposed and the subsequent national scandal destroyed her reputation (though, tellingly, not the congressman's) and doused her political aspirations...A satisfying and entertaining story of reinvention and second chances in the wake of a political sex scandal * Publishers Weekly *
If you're going to have an affair with a married congressman, don't blog about it. That's one of the tough lessons young Aviva Grossman learns in this splendid novel...A witty, strongly drawn group of female voices tells Aviva's story, three generations exploring the ripple effect her actions created...Zevin perfectly captures the realities of the current political climate and the consequences of youthful indiscretions in an era when the Internet never forgets * Booklist *
The pretty lies on which Young Jane Young turn are some of the oldest told by men. They don't love their wives, they'll divorce when the timing's right, ad nauseum....Young Jane Young is a witty and wise story of three generations of women; in particular, Rachel and Ruby are often laugh-out-loud funny, while Jane/Aviva and Embeth have a wryer take on their circumstances. Strong and brave, transformed by scandal, they make their way in an often hostile world. In a dream, Jane asks Aviva how she survived. Aviva replies, "I refused to be shamed" * Shelf Awareness *
Presenting a sharp send-up of our culture's obsession with scandal and blame, this novel pulls at the seams of misogyny from all angles . . . Likely to be a popular book club pick * Library Journal *
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