Young Jane Young Abroad

Last year, six or so weeks before #metoo, I published a book about the importance of hearing women’s stories. It has been a little over a year since Young Jane Young came out, and a lot has changed and sometimes it seems like nothing has changed. But that’s pessimism! A lot has changed. Here are some of the jackets from around the world.





Rebecca Serle at Skylight Books

9781250295187.jpgI’m in conversation with my friend and fellow writer, Rebecca Serle, on September 18th at Skylight Books. She is the best, and you should come because we will amuse you. And if you don’t come, we will amuse each other. But it’s better if you come. We are celebrating her new book—and first adult novel—The Dinner List. The Dinner List is magical and moving and on the Indie Next List for September.

Here’s the publisher’s synopsis:

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

For me, a great concept is one that makes you reflect on your own life: who would you invite, if you could invite anyone? Side note: one of my favorite mini-genres of short story is the disastrous dinner party. So many good ones. Joshua Ferris and Rebecca Lee come to mind. Would you guys read this blog if I turned it into a short story review?

By the way, it’s a writing year for me, which means I’m not doing events. Except this one! So, if you want to see my face and you live near Los Angeles, this is your only chance.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – 7:30pm
Event address: 
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los AngelesCA 90027

The Secret to Marriage| with Sandra Oh

The Secret to Marriage| with Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh reads the Modern Love I wrote last October.

  1. Sandra Oh!
  2. For the record, I did not title the essay. I do not know the secret to marriage or any other secrets. And on principle, I dislike people who claim to have the secret to anything.
  3. The producer Caitlin O’Keefe was a delight.



Young Jane Young in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and on NPR; Places I’ll Be on Tour this Fall


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.”

Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune

“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.”

Ron Charles, Washington Post

Also, check out Ron Charles’s funny video about the book, which you’ll find with the book review.

You can also listen to an interview with me about the book on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday with Lulu Garcia-Navarro. We had a good discussion about women, shaming, and politics.

Finally, why not come talk about these things with me yourself? I’ll be on the road for a good part of September and October. 



Excelsior, MNExcelsior Bay Books (off-site) – September 6, 2017

Stillwater, MN Valley Bookseller (off-site) – September 7, 2017

Naperville, IL Anderson’s Bookshop – September 8, 2017

Houston, TX Blue Willow Bookshop – September 9, 2017

St Louis, MO St. Louis County Library – September 11, 2017

Denver, COTattered Cover Book Store – September 12, 2017

Kansas City, MORainy Day Books (off-site) – September 13, 2017

Atlanta, GAMargaret Mitchell House – September 14, 2017

Wichita, KSWatermark Books – September 15, 2017

Washington D.C.East City Bookshop – September 17, 2017

Coral Gables, FL Books and Books – September 18, 2017

Davie, FLDiane & Barry Willen Jewish Book Festival @ David Posnack JCC – September 19, 2017

Raleigh, NCQuail Ridge Books – September 20, 2017

Corte Madera, CA Book Passage – September 26, 2017

Danville, CA Rakestraw Books – September 27, 2017

Seattle, WAUniversity Book Store – September 28, 2017

Santa Monica, CA Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood – October 3, 2017

Pasadena, CA Vroman’s Bookstore – October 4, 2017

Orange, CABook Carnival – October 5, 2017

La Jolla, CA Warwick’s – October 10, 2017

Los Angeles, CA Skylight Books (WNBA Panel) – October 11, 2017

Scarsdale, NY Barnes & Noble Eastchester – October 16, 2017

Madison, CT RJ Julia Booksellers – October 17, 2017

Portland, ME Print Bookstore – October 18, 2017

Brookline, MABrookline Booksmith – October 19, 2017