GABRIELLE ZEVIN is the New York Times bestselling novelist of nine novels, including The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and most recently, Young Jane Young. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold millions of copies all around the world. She has written book criticism for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She has also written screenplays, including Conversations with Other Women, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. She lives in Los Angeles.
Young Jane Young, my new book, comes out next week. It’s an Indie Next pick and a Library Reads title—thank you booksellers and librarians!—and there have already been a few great reviews.
“The five main characters are among my favorite of any recent novel I’ve read. Each is resilient, brave, intelligent, witty and flawed — human, in other words. It’s the sort of book that invites us to examine our long-held beliefs and perceptions. It asks us to imagine, for a moment, another perspective and delivers us the storyline to do so. It hands us characters who are at odds with one another and peels back their layers to reveal the thing they have in common. It has a heart. And a spine. It’s exactly, I would argue, what we need more of right now.”
“I’d like to think that we also have a countervailing appetite for thoughtful stories about female persistence and success, which is why I’m excited about Gabrielle Zevin’s Young Jane Young. No matter what your definition of “is” is, this is a redemptive novel inspired by the ordeal of Monica Lewinsky. . . . 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.”
I try not to post reviews too often because it seems immodest, or like asking for bad luck, or weirdly unfair and propagandistic, because who puts up the bad ones? But this one’s the nicest one I’ve ever gotten from Kirkus, so up it goes.