In Zanesville: A Novel

In Zanesville: A Novel

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by Jo Ann Beard
     
 

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The fourteen-year-old narrator of IN ZANESVILLE is a late bloomer. She flies under the radar-a sidekick, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood,

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The fourteen-year-old narrator of IN ZANESVILLE is a late bloomer. She flies under the radar-a sidekick, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood, incidents through which a world is revealed, and character is forged.

In time, their friendship is tested—by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood.

With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the overlooked often burns something radiant.

Editorial Reviews

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Masterfully wrought...downright hilarious and often hold-your-breath-and-hope-for-the-best suspenseful. The restraint with which Beard deploys moments of tension and humor make each page glimmer."—Samuel Reaves Slaton, O Magazine"

A fierce, funny, brave, and bracingly honest new novel....Every bit as poignant and powerful as The Catcher in the Rye."—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune"

An exuberant first novel....Beard has a knack for melding the funny and the sad, amplifying small moments into something big."—Susannah Meadows, New York Times"

Epic and profound. These thoughtful, funny, awestruck, slightly peculiar girls are so endearing, so painfully true."—Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly"

A sure-handed first novel ....It's impossible not to be charmed."—Yvonne Zipp, Washington Post"

A fresh comic voice and a talent for sharp familiarizing place-details."—Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

Julia Keller - Chicago Tribune
"A fierce, funny, brave, and bracingly honest new novel....Every bit as poignant and powerful as The Catcher in the Rye."
Susannah Meadows - New York Times
"An exuberant first novel....Beard has a knack for melding the funny and the sad, amplifying small moments into something big."
Samuel Reaves Slaton - O Magazine
"Masterfully wrought...downright hilarious and often hold-your-breath-and-hope-for-the-best suspenseful. The restraint with which Beard deploys moments of tension and humor make each page glimmer."
Karen Valby - Entertainment Weekly
"Epic and profound. These thoughtful, funny, awestruck, slightly peculiar girls are so endearing, so painfully true."
Yvonne Zipp - Washington Post
"A sure-handed first novel ....It's impossible not to be charmed."
Sam Sacks - Wall Street Journal
"A fresh comic voice and a talent for sharp familiarizing place-details."
Julia Keller
A fierce, funny, brave, and bracingly honest new novel....Every bit as poignant and powerful as The Catcher in the Rye.
Chicago Tribune
Karen Valby
Epic and profound. These thoughtful, funny, awestruck, slightly peculiar girls are so endearing, so painfully true.
Entertainment Weekly
Samuel Reaves Slaton
Masterfully wrought...downright hilarious and often hold-your-breath-and-hope-for-the-best suspenseful. The restraint with which Beard deploys moments of tension and humor make each page glimmer.
O Magazine
Yvonne Zipp
A sure-handed first novel ....It's impossible not to be charmed.
Washington Post
Susannah Meadows
An exuberant first novel....Beard has a knack for melding the funny and the sad, amplifying small moments into something big.
New York Times
Sam Sacks
A fresh comic voice and a talent for sharp familiarizing place-details.
Wall Street Journal
Ann Patchett - author of Run
"Jo Ann Beard has written a mesmerizing account of a time in a girl's life when every moment, every action, is laden with enormous importance. It is so beautifully written, so perfect in its pitch, that I couldn't put it down."
Howard Norman - author of What Is Left the Daughter
"Beard is a writer of immense talents. In Zanesville is far more than a coming-of-age novel. Our offbeat narrator is spellbinding in her bold vivacity and honesty, an unforgettable character quickly embraced and beloved at the center of our lives."
James Hynes - author of Next
"Beard has a sharp eye, a wry wit, and a warm heart, and in her new book, she has captured perfectly not only a particular era in American life, but an evanescent moment in one beautifully evoked life. I loved this book."
Peter Rock - author of My Abandonment
"In Zanesville is told by a narrator attuned to the humor and tragedy around her, battling it with her own desperate logics. This novel is an amazing demonstration of friendship, the most necessary and slippery thing we can possess."
Courtney Jones - Booklist
"Moving.... Beard travels the well-worn road of budding young womanhood with surprising freshness."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316125277
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
710,790
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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