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Young Jane Young

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   8.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/21/2017

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Young Jane Young

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687322
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687339


Young Jane Young is a novel about a world that continues to want to define what women are and what they can, and cannot do. 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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Young Jane Young's 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.


“Narrator Karen White, who wheedles, weeps, snaps, cajoles, questions, and demands Zevin's unforgettable characters into life.” —Library Journal

“The narration by Karen White is wonderful, full of accents, but more importantly, characteristics of the people speaking. This was a fun listening experience.” —Sound Commentary

“Narrator White captures the indignation, resignation, and resilience of each character perfectly.” —Booklist Starred Review

"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." —Kirkus Starred Review

"White captures relationship dynamics and irony with a light touch that reveals darker themes of sexism and the unforgiving nature of the Internet." —AudioFile

"Young Jane Young is a witty and wise story of three generations of women." —Shelf Awareness

"This sly, exhilarating novel takes on slut-shaming . . . and manages to be hilarious in the process." —People (Book of the Week)

Author Bio

Gabrielle Zevin is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels including, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, The Hole We’re In, and Margarettown, Elsewhere/I>, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and the Anya Balanchine series. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry spent four months on the New York Times Bestseller List.