Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

This book will grab you from page one and not let go.  It’s “Where’d you go, Bernadette” meets Floridian Jews meets political scandals a la Clinton-Lewinsky but what comes out the other end is a study of relationships, love, youth, wisdom, feminism, and life.

Four narratives, four different voices, and two periods in time tells the story of a scandal that occurred between a Florida congressman and a young intern. The stories give rise to discussions about feminism, about the love between mother and child, about shame and forgiveness, about how different a story is for those who revel in the telling and those who have to live it, and lastly about how to keep going in the Internet era where nothing you do ever gets forgotten.

Characters that you love instantly – all of them – even the ones that dislike each other!  Plenty of color and a tongue-in-cheek style that keeps you laughing.  Plenty of yiddishisms for those of us who love that kind of thing. Funny insight into the political process. One of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time.  Great for fans of Maria Semple and / or Betsy Lerner.

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