When she was twenty and working as a political intern, Aviva Grossman had an affair with congressman Aaron Levin. Whilst Levin got off scot-free after news of the affair became public, Aviva became public enemy number one and was forced to move away and change her name to Jane Young. Now, a single mother, Jane has managed to escape the past and forge a new career as a wedding planner but when she runs for public office, her daughter Ruby uncovers the truth of her mum’s history.
Told from the perspective of five of the key female characters, this is a funny, frank and refreshing tale of feminism, family and politics. It’s not your average read but it’s all the more engaging for it. (JC)
Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin, is about a political intern who seeks a fresh start after she has an affair with a married congressman. The synopsis says: "Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida, makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss - who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married - and blogging about it.
When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late-night talk show punchline; she is slut-shamed, labelled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general.
How does one go on after this? In Aviva's case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She starts over as a wedding planner, tries to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident.
But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. These days, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you've done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it's only a matter of time until Aviva/Jane's daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her." Young Jane Young is out in August 2017. You can read an excerpt here.