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In the Age of Love and Chocolate

Birthright

Gabrielle Zevin

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

All These Things I’ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school years in trouble with the law. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win.

Still, it is Anya’s nature to soldier on. She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work. Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life.
 
In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the story of growing up and learning what love really is. It showcases the best of Gabrielle Zevin’s writing for young adults: the intricate characterization of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the big-heartedness of Elsewhere. It will make you remember why you loved her writing in the first place.

 

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I BECOME A RELUCTANT GODMOTHER; ON THE BITTERNESS OF CACAO
 
 
I HADN’T WANTED TO BE GODMOTHER, but my best friend insisted. I tried to demur: “I’m flattered, but godparents are supposed to be Catholics in good standing.” In school, we had been taught that a godparent was responsible for the religious education of a child, and I hadn’t been to Mass since Easter or to confession in over a year.
Scarlet looked at me with an aggrieved expression that she had acquired in the month since she had given birth to her son. The baby was beginning to
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"Zevin has crafted a delicious tale that isn’t without bitterness and darkness that rightfully finishes on a sweet and satisfying note." - School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Gabrielle Zevin

  • Gabrielle Zevin is the author of Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage AmnesiacAll These Things I've Done, and Because It is My Blood, as well as two novels for adults. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, “Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” She lives in New York City.
  • Gabrielle Zevin
    Gabrielle Zevin
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In the Age of Love and Chocolate

Birthright

Gabrielle Zevin

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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