August Author Gabrielle Zevin On ‘The Power Of Books’

New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Zevin won readers over with her quirky hit, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which topped the National Indie BestSeller List. This month, Zevin’s releasing her ninth novel called Young Jane Young, which is also Cozy Reader Club’s featured book for August.


In an interview with BBC Radio, Zevin spoke about the power of books, in general, but especially the magic that accompanies bookstores.

“Whenever I visit a town, the first place people want to tell me about is their bookstore,” Zevin told BBC Radio. “Maybe it’s because I’m a novelist, but I think it’s also because, for many people, the bookstore represents the ‘good’ in a place … A person who enters a bookstore does so because she wishes to somehow expand her intellectual/emotional life or the intellectual/emotional life of someone she knows. Choosing to walk through the doors of a bookstore says something about a person.”

Zevin uses this same intellectual merit while crafting her novels, which is why she’s our August Author. Her brilliant new release is a powerful novel that speaks to strong women about how the choices they make don’t have to define them.

Set in Florida, Young Jane Young focuses on political intern Aviva Grossman. After relations with her boss, a married Congressman, turn romantic, Aviva makes the mistake of blogging about the affair. But once news of their intimate relationship becomes public, Aviva has no choice but to start over. So she does.

Want to get a head start on this month’s book? Read an excerpt of Young Jane Young, as well as an essay by Zevin, by visiting Algonquin Books.

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