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Gabrielle Zevin is a screenwriter and a novelist. As a screenwriter, Gabrielle has optioned several screenplays, and her screenplay for Conversations wiith Other Women, was filmed with Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart in the lead roles, now availble on DVD.
Gabrielle is a 2000 graduate of Harvard with a degree in English & American Literature. She was born in New York and lives there still with one pug dog, Mrs. DeWinter, and her partner of ten years, director Hans Canosa.
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A.J. Fikry owns a failing bookshop. His wife has just died, in tragic circumstances. His rare and valuable first edition has been stolen. His life is a wreck. Amelia is a book rep, with a big heart, and a lonely life. Maya is the baby left on A.J.'s bookshop floor with a note. What happens in the bookshop that changes the lives of these seemingly normal but extraordinary characters? This is the story of how unexpected love can rescue you and bring you back to real life, in a world that you won't want to leave, with characters that you will come to love.
Part thriller, part romance and set in a futuristic but effectively bankrupt New York where life is tough and bears no resemblance to the 21st century that we know. Anya is a feisty and likeable teen heroine who is trying to keep her kid siblings and grandmother together following the death of her mafia member parents in a gang-related murder. Both the story and the setting are well drawn as are the characters. The author's style is unique and original so if you're already a fan of her two previous novels then you'll love this, the first in a planned trilogy. If you're new to her then All These Things I've Done is a great place to start.
From the author of Elsewhere comes an extraordinary story of identity, memory loss and self-discovery. Naomiâs voyage of finding out just who she really is and what defines her, as a person, is one many a teenager goes through. As we get to know Naomi and her life, we are allowed to be completely involved, cheering her on, booing the bad decisions, and distressing over all her indecisiveness and learning from it. Its well written teenage fiction and the title is sure to grab the attention of teenagers everywhere.
By the author of international bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Aviva Grossman, an ambitious intern in Florida working for a politician, makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss - who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married - and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, Aviva takes the fall. She is slut-shamed, labelled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general. Aviva sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She starts over as Jane the wedding planner, tries to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Jane decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. These days, the past is never, ever, truly past, everything you've done lives on in the digital world for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it's only a matter of time until Ruby finds out... Young Jane Young is a funny, serious and moving novel about the myriad ways in which roles are circumscribed for women, whether they are young and ambitious interns; mothers attempting to steer their daughters through a male-dominated world; political wives facing an age-old knowledge that fidelity isn't always honoured; or young girls feeling bold about their many choices before they realize the gender restrictions all around them. Gabrielle Zevin captures the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women.
A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.
The author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry returns with a witty, moving novel about what it means to be a woman - especially in the Google age where no secret is safe for long. Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida, makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss - who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married - and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late-night talk show punchline; she is slut-shamed, labelled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general. How does one go on after this? In Aviva's case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She starts over as a wedding planner, tries to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. These days, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you've done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it's only a matter of time until Aviva/Jane's daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her.
In this delightful novel death is a begining, a new start. Liz is killed in a hit a run accident and her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. But in Elsewhere all things carry on almost as they did on earth except that the inhabitants get younger, dogs and humans can communicate (at last) new relationships are formed and old ones sadly interrupted on earth are renewed. Full of the most ingenious detail and woven around the most touching and charming relationships this is a novel of hope, of redemption and re-birth. It is a novel that tells of sadness with heart-breaking honesty and of love and happiness with uplifting brilliance.
Einmalig: MAFIA-KRIMI mit romantischer LIEBESGESCHICHTE vor DYSTOPISCHEM SETTING.New York 2084: Wasser und Papier sind knapp. Kaffee und Schokolade sind illegal, und Anya Balanchine, junge Erbin eines Kakao-Imperiums, kampft um ihren Traum und die groe Liebe.Einerseits die Gefuhle eines jungen Madchens und andererseits die Verantwortung einer erwachsenen Frau - diese Herausforderung musste Anya Balanchine schon als 16jahrige meistern. Und auch jetzt, zwei Jahre spater, zeigt sich ihr das Leben ofter bitter als su. Um sich ihren Traum von einem Nachtclub zu erfullen, in dem Kakao als Heilgetrank angeboten werden darf, geht Anya einen Deal mit ihrem ehemaligen Erzfeind Charles Delacroix ein. Und muss dafur mit Wins Liebe bezahlen, der ihr das nicht verzeihen kann. Oder vielleicht doch?
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.
Ein Madchen zwischen High School und Verbrechen, zwischen Liebe und VerantwortungEine Familie wie die Corleones, eine Liebe wie in Romeo und Julia - der zweite Band der neuen einzigartigen Serie von US-Bestsellerautorin Gabrielle ZevinNew York 2083: Wasser und Papier sind knapp, Kaffee und Schokolade sind illegal. Der Oberstaatsanwalt findet einen Grund, um Anya Balanchine in die Erziehungsanstalt Liberty einsperren zu lassen. Und das nicht zum ersten Mal. Aber diesmal gelingt ihr die Flucht auf eine Kakaoplantage in Mexiko. Dort lernt sie alles uber die Geheimnisse der Schokoladenherstellung und des Kakaoanbaus. Wird Anya ihr Erbe als Kartellchefin etwa doch antreten? Und was ist mit Win? Kann ihre Liebe auch diese Herausforderung uberstehen? Anya ist in todlicher Gefahr, denn vor den Intrigen der eigenen Familie ist sie nirgendwo sicher."e;Hinter mir stand ein groer Mann. Als erstes fiel mir auf, dass er eine Maske trug, dann bemerkte ich seine Waffe. Sie war auf meinen Kopf gerichtet."e;
Ein Madchen zwischen High School und Verbrechen, zwischen Liebe und VerantwortungNew York 2083: Wasser und Papier sind knapp, Kaffee und Schokolade sind illegal. Smartphones sind fur Minderjahrige verboten und um 24 Uhr ist Sperrstunde. Die Balanchine Familie ist das Zentrum des illegalen Schokoladenhandels in New York. Doch die Eltern von Anya Balanchine sind bereits tot, und Anya ist mit 16 Jahren das Familienoberhaupt. Sie kummert sich um ihre Geschwister und die kranke Gromutter, und versucht, sie alle moglichst aus dem illegalen Familiengeschaft rauszuhalten. Von ihrer ersten groen Liebe Win kann sie sich allerdings nur sehr schwer fernhalten, dabei ist er ausgerechnet der Sohn des Oberstaatsanwaltes - ihres schlimmsten Feindes..."e;Komm, wir gehen direkt zu meinem Vater"e;, sagte Win plotzlich."e;Und sagen ihm was?"e;"e;Dass unsere Liebe so stark ist, dass er sie nicht verbieten kann."e;Eine Familie wie die Corleones, eine Liebe wie in Romeo und Julia - der erste Band der einzigartigen neuen Serie von US-Bestsellerautorin Gabrielle Zevin
"e;Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in."e;- Michael Corleone, The GodfatherSince her release from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It's a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve--and her heart--will be tested as never before.Because It Is My Blood is the second novel in Gabrielle Zevin's Birthright series.
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family. From Gabrielle Zevin--the author of the critically acclaimed Elsewhere--comes All These Things I've Done, a masterful novel about an impossible romance, a mafiya family, and the ties that forever bind us.
If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldnt have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldnt have hit her head on the steps. She wouldnt have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her Chief. Shed know about her moms new family. Shed know about her dads fiance. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldnt have wanted to kiss him back.But Naomi picked heads.After her remarkable debut, Gabrielle Zevin has crafted an imaginative second novel all about love and second chances.
Welcome to Elsewhere. It is usually warm with a breeze, the sun and the stars shine brightly, and the beaches are marvelous. Its quiet and peaceful here. And you cant get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewheres museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroes psychiatric practice. Elsewhere. Its where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different from it. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen (again). She wants to get her drivers license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. She wants to fall in love. And now that shes dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesnt want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?
How do you describe ELSEWHERE? A novel so astoundingly original and carefully crafted that its complexities become common place and the common place resounds with poetry? In this delightful novel death is a begining, a new start. Liz is killed in a hit a run accident and her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. But in Elsewhere all things carry on almost as they did on earth except that the inhabitants get younger, dogs and humans can communicate (at last) new relationships are formed and old ones sadly interrupted on earth are renewed. Full of the most ingenious detail and woven around the most touching and charming relationships this is a novel of hope, of redemption and re-birth. It is a novel that tells of sadness with heart-breaking honesty and of love and happiness with uplifting brilliance.