Zevin’s work always has loads of zing.
When the story gets out, the blog becomes very public property, and in no time she’s Florida’s answer to Monica Lewinsky, and at the centre of a major national scandal.
Aviva takes the entirely sensible decision to disappear to the other end of the country, with a blank past, a new name, a new career – and a daughter. More than a decade passes, and she hopes everyone’s forgotten.
But when she decides to stand in a local election, she discovers her past simply won’t go away.
Told from the points of view of Aviva, her mother, her daughter and the congressman’s wife, the novel also uses a variety of techniques in its storytelling, with one section as a series of letters and another done as a create-your-own-story that shows how the whole mess unfolded.
It’s a delight to read a book with such unapologetic and interesting women, and I would happily have spent more time with all of them. A perfect beach read. Zevin has also written some excellent YA literature.