Synopses & Reviews
The fourteen-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer; a sidekick, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that 'fudge' can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood. In time, their friendship is tested – by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood. With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the overlooked often burns something radiant.
Starred Review. "Beard is a faultless chronicler of the young and hopeful; readers couldn't ask for a better guide for a trip through the wilds of adolescence."
- Publishers Weekly
"...moving...Beard travels the well-worn road of budding young womanhood with a surprising freshness."
"...at times downright hilarious and often hold your breath and hope-for-the-best suspenseful...moments of tension and humor makes each page glimmer..."
- O The Oprah Magazine
"[an] exuberant first novel...[Beard] has a knack for melding the funny and the sad, amplifying small moments into something big." - The New York Times
"...a fierce, funny, brave and bracingly honest new novel... a portrait of a sensitive young woman that is every bit as poignant and powerful as The Catcher in the Rye...essential and unforgettable..." - The Chicago Tribune
Starred Review. "Beard is a faultless chronicler of the young and hopeful; readers couldn't ask for a better guide for a trip through the wilds of adolescence." - Publishers Weekly
"...moving...Beard travels the well-worn road of budding young womanhood with a surprising freshness." - Booklist
About the Author
Jo Ann Beard is the author of a collection of autobiographically essays, The Boys of My Youth. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Essays, and other magazines and anthologies. She recieved a Whiting Foundation Award and nonfiction fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for the Arts.
Jo Anna Perrin is an accomplished actor, having appeared in film and television, as well as on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally. Her audiobook work includes university and cultural releases in the United States and Europe. In addition to her work in audiobooks, Jo Anna has done commercial and film voice-overs. Independent of her acting, she is a published author and a professional photographer.