Jane Grady’s claim to fame is that she was one first viral internet sensations, dubbed #bagbaby—discovered as a one-year-old in an oversized Gucci bag by her adopted father in a Poughkeepsie train station. Now in her senior year of high school, Jane is questioning whether she wants to look for her bio family due to a loving, but deeply misguided push from her best friend Algie, while also navigating an all-consuming crush on his cousin, the beautiful, way-out-of-her-league Gwen Fairfax.
And while Janey's never thought of herself as the earnest type, she needs to be honest with her parents, Algie, Gwen, but mostly herself if she wants to make her life truly epic. With a wink toward Oscar Wilde's beloved play, Epically Earnest explores the complexity of identity, the many forms family can take, and the importance of being . . . yourself.
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
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Molly Horan is a graduate of the New School’s MFA program in writing for children and young adults. After graduating, she worked as a web writer and editor focusing on entertainment writing at sites like KnowYourMeme and Refinery29. She currently works as an English professor teaching writing for young adults and writing for the web at NYU and SVA. Molly resides in Astoria, New York.