Young Jane Young (Hardcover)

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Aviva Grossman makes the mistake of having an affair with a congressman when she's young. This new novel from Gabrielle Zevin explores the process of reinventing herself. Zevin tells a story in five voices and she gets each voice exactly right. This is a book full of wit and heart with much to discuss and much to consider - perfect for book clubs!

— Cathy

Aviva Grossman, a capable, ambitious congressional intern, makes a mistake: She has an affair with her boss. When the news gets out, the congressman slips through the headlines unscathed, while Aviva's name is filleted – destroying her career before it can begin. To build a life, Aviva is forced to move away from home and recreate herself entirely. Told from the perspectives of five well-realized, provocative women, YOUNG JANE YOUNG is an entertaining, thoughtful story that will lace your blood with empathy and get you thinking about today's political and social climates. Why aren't more women elected to office? What's with the double standard of morality imposed on women? A thorough takedown of slut-shaming. Highly recommended.

— Mary Cate

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

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616205041
ISBN-10: 1616205040
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English