Young Jane Young

  • From the Publisher
May 16, 2017

From the best­selling author of the beloved The Sto­ried Life of A. J. Fikry comes anoth­er per­fect fable for our times — a sto­ry about women choic­es and recov­er­ing from past mis­takes. Young Jane Youngs hero­ine is Avi­va Gross­man, an ambi­tious Con­gres­sion­al intern in Flori­da, who 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 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 tries to start over as a wed­ding plan­ner, 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. For in our age, 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’s daugh­ter, Ruby, finds out who her moth­er was and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her. A nov­el about a world that con­tin­ues to want to define what women are and what they can and can­not do, Young Jane Young fol­lows three gen­er­a­tions of women, plus the wife of the Con­gress­man. Told in vary­ing voic­es through e‑mails and even a Choose-Your-Own-Adven­ture sec­tion, it cap­tures not just the mood of our recent high­ly charged polit­i­cal sea­son but is a fun­ny sym­pa­thet­ic and smart take on the dou­ble stan­dards that are alive and well and wait­ing to trip up ordi­nary and extra­or­di­nary women alike.

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