25 events! I’ll talk. You’ll ask questions. You’ll talk. I’ll ask questions. It’ll be great.
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.
FALL 2017 – THE YOUNG JANE YOUNG TOUR
Excelsior, MN – Excelsior 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, CO – Tattered Cover Book Store – September 12, 2017
Kansas City, MO – Rainy Day Books (off-site) – September 13, 2017
Atlanta, GA – Margaret Mitchell House – September 14, 2017
Wichita, KS – Watermark Books – September 15, 2017
Washington D.C. – East City Bookshop – September 17, 2017
Coral Gables, FL – Books and Books – September 18, 2017
Davie, FL – Diane & Barry Willen Jewish Book Festival @ David Posnack JCC – September 19, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Quail Ridge Books – September 20, 2017
Corte Madera, CA – Book Passage – September 26, 2017
Danville, CA – Rakestraw Books – September 27, 2017
Seattle, WA – University 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, CA – Book 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, MA – Brookline Booksmith – October 19, 2017
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.
If you’re in Los Angeles this Wednesday night, come out to the PEN Center USA Book Club. I’m hosting, and the selection is Dietland by Sarai Walker. I’ve been rereading the book in preparation for the club and I’m finding it just as timely and provocative as the first time I read it, back when I blurbed it in 2014. I believe Sarai will be there, too — she’s in town working on the television adaptation of the book.
“It felt good to say the word fat.”
Hosted by Gabrielle Zevin and co-sponsored by Women Who Submit.
Specialty cocktails will be offered all night. Happy hour prices available for those who come early.
“Fight Club meets Margaret Atwood”—Bustle
“Dietland resonated with the part of me that wants, just once, to deck a street harasser…Which is to say, sometimes I forget I am angry, but I am. Dietland is a complicated, thoughtful and powerful expression of that same anger.”—Annalisa Quinn, NPR
*Members of The Edison Book Club receive a 15% discount when purchasing the current book club title at Skylight Books.
For more information, email rachelle-at-penusa.org
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6 PM – 8 PM
Happy Hour & Book Discussion
108 W 2nd St, #101
Los Angeles, CA 90121
The cover has been revealed over at Entertainment Weekly.
The phrase “cover reveal” amuses me. It makes me think of someone in bed, dropping a sheet for their lover. It can only have passed into parlance in the last ten years, because as far as I know covers were not revealed until then. Covers just showed up –unsexily– in stores when the books did.