Thursday, January 11, 2018

When Life Takes You in a Different Direction with Gabrielle Zevin

Last summer I had the honor of meeting Gabrielle Zevin.  She visited the Margaret Mitchell House to discuss her latest novel Young Jane Young.  The subject matter revisits the subject of the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski affair.  Gabrielle is very vocal about feminism and I feel that she would definitely be part of the #Metoo movement that began this past fall.  Her story focuses on what would have happened to someone in Monica Lewinski’s position?  Would they be able to move on or would it be a struggle because of the past?


Aviva Grossman has taken a job with the prominent congressman in southern Florida.  She will be interning for him, and is excited to begin.  Her first day does not go as planned when Aviva is told that her wardrobe is quite inappropriate and yet she gets the attention of the congressman; who is married. Aviva then confesses to her mother that she is in love with the congressman.  Her mother wants the relationship to end.  Her mother feels that this will only end badly.  What happens when an accident occurs and people find out about the affair? How will this affect Aviva’s family?  Will she be able to move on? 

Years later Aviva changes her identity and starts over as Jane Young the event planner.  She runs the business with her young daughter Ruby.  When an opportunity to work in politics occurs again will Jane choose to run?  How will this affect her daughter?

My Thoughts:

I liked the novel. It is well written.  I loved how Ms. Zevin took on the prospective of the female role, in the affair.    I wonder if Ms. Zevin’s views have altered since the #Metoo movement has begun?  I have read other novels on this subject and they tend to portray the female as weak and stupid.  It was refreshing to have a strong female lead. The story is told from four different points of view Aviva, her mother, her daughter Ruby, and the congressman’s wife.  I found the conclusion satisfying.



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Rebecca Drake Has A Secret!

What lies beneath secrets and lies!  Rebecca Drake takes readers for a thrill ride with Just Between Us.  Many of you are fans of Big Little Lies then this novel will keep readers turning the pages to find out more about these friendships between housewives in this neighborhood. What would one do to keep a secret?


Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They’re as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.

Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather’s wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she’s been killed. But when that call finally comes, it’s not Heather who’s dead. In a moment they’ll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they’ll go to in order to help a friend.

Just Between Us is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person’s mind, or in their marriage.

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About the Author

Photo by Joseph Mertz
Rebecca Drake is the author of the novels Don’t Be Afraid, The Next Killing, The Dead Place, which was an IMBA bestseller, and Only Ever You, as well as the short story “Loaded,” which was featured in Pittsburgh Noir. A graduate of Penn State University and former journalist, she is currently an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. program. Rebecca lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two children.

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