Yeah, it’s history. But history’s now.

Jane’s a very difficult girl. She’ll become a remarkable woman, an icon of the twentieth century, but that’s a long way off.

At seventeen, she crawls out of an irrigation ditch, bloody crowbar in hand, steals her Momma’s Ford and escapes a crime she may or may not have committed. In Depression-era San Francisco, she fakes her way into work as a newspaper copy boy.

She’s ambitious, a gifted liar, more than a little selfish. That’s how she survives. But even in the Great Depression, even on the brink of World War II, maybe survival’s not enough.

Follow Jane from Hooverville to the newsroom, from Wimbledon’s Centre Court, to the RMS Queen Mary, and back again.

She’s just getting started in Copy Boy and Tomboy, books one and two of The Jane Benjamin Novels.

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“Blanton-Stroud’s prose sings and crackles with so much compassion and beauty and wisdom. An engaging, wonderfully original book.”

—Karen E. Bender, author of The New Order, longlisted for the Story Prize, and Refund, a National Book Award finalist

“A stellar debut. Combining the best elements of noir, historical fiction, and coming-of-age stories, Blanton-Stroud has written a compelling, nuanced story. Deftly plotted and expertly executed… Highly recommended.”

—Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best-selling author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez novels

“Full of adventure, chutzpah, historical detail, and, most of all, heart, Copy Boy is a thrilling, Depression-era coming-of-age story well suited to our times.”

—Maggie Shen King, award-winning author of An Excess Male

Copy Boy explores place and identity with sharp-edged suspense and intrigue. Smart, lively, and suspenseful, this is Raymond Chandler for feminists.”

—Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra and recipient of the Pacific Northwest Book Award

“A bravura debut–I’m expecting great things from this author.”

David Corbett, author of The Compass of Character and The Long Lost Love Letters of Doc Hall


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Scenes from Copy Boy––performed by actors Amanda McTigue, Jessica Laskey and Ian C. Hopps.
  • In Copy Boy’s Launch (1:34:05) Dorothy Rice emcees, Amanda McTigue, Jessica Laskey and Ian C. Hopps perform one-page-readings from the novel, Shelley answers questions, Capital Books gives away prizes and friends and family chat.

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