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Age of Consent

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Age of Consent by Amanda Brainerd
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Jul 14, 2020 | ISBN 9781984879523

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“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.”

“This novel about close high school friends takes place in the early 1980s. It follows two girls from their posh Connecticut boarding school to the super cool streets of Soho in Manhattan. As the teens engage with older men and try to parse out their identities amid the art scene, they have to cope with their parents and their own coming-of-age in an alternative, gripping way that will make you want to blast some David Bowie — and hold your own teens tight.”
—Zibby Owens, Good Morning America‘s “25 Novels You’ll Want to Read This Summer”

“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

“Bracing . . . engaging . . . well written . . . On the surface, Brainerd’s tale is a nostalgic trip into the early 1980s, including an inspired evocation of the Downtown art scene, but her teenage characters make the greatest impact. The takes on parental neglect and the ways young women are taught to see sex as transactional make this more than a throwback.”
—Publishers Weekly

“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

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