Age of Consent

Amanda Brainerd (Author)
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Description

"A total time machine--I loved it."
--Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where'd You Go Bernadette

Named One of the Best Books of the Summer by Good Morning America, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, and PopSugar

A daringly honest, sexy debut novel about three young women coming of age in 1980s New England and New York--a bingeable summer read

It's 1983. David Bowie reigns supreme, and downtown Manhattan has never been cooler. But Justine and Eve are stuck at Griswold Academy, a Connecticut boarding school. Griswold is a far cry from Justine's bohemian life in New Haven, where her parents run a theater and struggle to pay the bills. Eve, the sophisticated daughter of status-obsessed Park Avenue parents, also feels like an outsider amidst Griswold's preppy jocks and debutantes. Justine longs for Eve's privilege, and Eve for Justine's sexual confidence. Despite their differences, they form a deep friendship, together grappling with drugs, alcohol, ill-fated crushes, and predatory male teachers.

After a tumultuous school year, Eve and Justine spend the summer in New York City where they join Eve's childhood friend India. Justine moves into India's Hell's Kitchen apartment and is pulled further into her friends' glamorous lives. Eve, under her parents' ever-watchful eye, interns at a SoHo art gallery and navigates the unpredictable whims of her boss. India struggles to resist the advances of a famous artist represented by the gallery. All three are affected by their sexual relationships with older men and the power adults hold over them, even as the young women begin to assert their independence.

A captivating, timeless novel about friendship, sex, and parental damage, Amanda Brainerd's Age of Consent intimately evokes the heady freedom of our teenage years.

Product Details

Price
$26.00  $23.92
Publisher
Viking
Publish Date
July 14, 2020
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.7 X 1.1 X 8.6 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781984879523
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About the Author

Amanda Brainerd lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, blocks from where she grew up, and attended The Nightingale-Bamford School before going on to graduate from Harvard College and Columbia Architecture.

Reviews

"A breathless time capsule of a book, Age of Consent is a coming-of-age period piece that feels very much of the now."
--Harper's Bazaar

"A total time machine--I loved it."
--Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where'd You Go Bernadette

"It's 1983, and best friends Justine and Eve want out of their miserable lives at their Connecticut boarding school, Griswold Academy. They soon find escape as they spend the summer in New York City to join Eve's childhood friend, India. All three then find themselves grappling with the power adults, like their parents, have over them."
--Cosmopolitan

"Brainerd eloquently captures the struggles of her teenage characters while simultaneously providing insight into their screwed up parents. Familiar, funny, and totally unforgettable."
--Molly Jong Fast, author of The Social Climber's Handbook

"A powerful, wildly entertaining story of friendship and identity set against the backdrop of the early 80's, an era which has uncanny parallels to today. Brainerd brilliantly captures the struggles of young women trying to find their way in a time when their parents and role models are in deep crisis. Age of Consent is both a juicy page turner and a haunting, personal portrait of an era."
--Aline Brosh McKenna, screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada and co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

"A witty, perceptive, and compulsively readable book about the cool girls I'd wish I'd been in high school."
--Patricia Marx, New Yorker staff writer and author of Him Her Him Again The End of Him

"In her striking debut, Amanda Brainerd conjures a cast of vibrant and troubled young characters who find themselves thrown into an adult world of money, treachery, and sexual politics. She captures the raw and painful tangle of female adolescence with emotional honesty and precision. Set in the 1980s, a tumultuous Age of Consent, and brimming with evocative detail, the story travels across the glittering and gritty landscapes of an elite boarding school and New York City, leading its vulnerable protagonists to the discovery that charmed lives often hide the most dangerous circumstances."
--Jane Mendelsohn, author of I Was Amelia Earhart