Young Jane Young
Aviva Grossman is a bright, ambitious congressional intern with a promising political future ahead of her until she makes the mistake of having an affair with her very married boss ... and writing what she thinks is an anonymous blog about it. When the affair dramatically comes to light, it's not the popular congressman who takes the fall, it's Aviva--and her life suddenly seems over before it's hardly begun. Slut-shamed and hounded by the media, she becomes a late-night talk show punchline. Determined to rebuild her life on her own terms, Aviva changes her name, moves from Florida to a small town in Maine, starts her own wedding planning business ... and decides to continue a surprise pregnancy.
But when "Jane" decides to run for public office, that long-ago mistake--an inescapable scarlet A--trails her via the Internet, threatening to derail her life yet again. It's only a matter of time until her daughter finds out who her mother once was--and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she thinks she knows ...
Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, and extremely timely novel which exposes the myriad ways we shame, forgive, and love one another. Just as she did in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, the superbly talented Gabrielle Zevin has created a cast of unforgettable characters: an ambitious yet naive twenty-something, a mother attempting to steer her daughter through a judgmental world, a veteran political wife facing the hard truth that fidelity isn't always rewarded, and a young girl who feels bold about her choices before she realizes the restrictions all around her. Not only does Zevin skewer the inherent double standards in women's everyday lives, she also explores the true meaning of resilience--and, ultimately, forgiveness.