Mary Jane

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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Anya Blau was born in Boston and raised in Southern California. Her novels have been featured on The Today Show, CNN and NPR, and in Cosmo, Vanity Fair, Bust, Time Out, Oprah Summer Reads and other national publications. Jessica's short stories and essays have been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies. Jessica co-wrote the script for Love on the Run starring Frances Fisher and Steve Howey. She sometimes works as a ghost writer and has taught writing at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and The Fashion Institute of Technology. Jessica lives in New York.

I LOVED Jessica Anya Blau's novel. Mary Jane is about an oppressed teenager being given a jolt of life and joy by an eccentric found family of therapists, a child, a rock star and a movie star in the 1970s....If you have ever sung along to a hit on the radio, in any decade, then you will devour Mary Jane at 45rpm.--Nick Hornby
Blau's coming-of-age charmer will hit all of the nostalgia notes.--Parade
I dare you to find a more winning novel than Jessica Anya Blau's Mary Jane. Filled with humor and sharpness and so much light, this book introduces an amazing cast of characters, all so unique and finely observed, held together by the clarity of Mary Jane's voice. It evokes those rare moments when your world is on the precipice of change, almost a dream, and how thrilling it is to push your way toward something new.--Kevin Wilson
"The experience of reading Jessica Anya Blau's Mary Jane is a lot like eating quality candy: super enjoyable, crazy good. I am sad to have finished it." --Marcy Dermansky
This may be the best book about an adolescent since The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Fourteen-year-old Mary Jane, straight as a ruler, gets a summer job as a nanny to sweet Izzie, whose psychiatrist father is providing live-in therapy to a recovering rock star. Mary Jane and her cast of characters will carry you to bliss on every page. It's Baltimore in the 70s and Jessica Anya Blau gets everything right. Buy it for someone you love.--Michael Elias, author of You Can Go Home Now
"Jessica Anya Blau is one of the funniest writers--EVER. No one captures the oddities, joys --and yes--the pain--of modern life with such frankness, humor and sly-witted style."--ZZ Packer, author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
This novel is a week at the beach with rock stars, it's a three-part harmony at a kitchen table, it's finding a family where you fit in. Jessica Anya Blau is a smart, generous, sensitive storyteller, and Mary Jane is a loving, sexy, funny, and beautiful book.--Gabriel Brownstein, author of The Open Heart Club
MARY JANE is that rare thing: An utterly charming, absurdly delightful novel that also makes you think deeply about the world around you. Jessica Anya Blau's clear-eyed wit reminded me of Curtis Sittenfeld and Laurie Colwin, and, of course, Jane Austen.--Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year
Blau's intelligent, witty novel captures the essence of the '70s with humor and immensely appealing characters. Highly recommended.--Library Journal (starred review)
A charming and poignant tale of desire, image, Americana, and chosen family.--Booklist