It’s 1937. Jane’s a very difficult girl. She’ll become a remarkable woman, an icon of her century, but that’s a long way off.
She’s left her pregnant mother with a man she hates, abandoned her father for dead in an irrigation ditch, remade herself as her dead brother Benny, and lied her way into a job as a newspaper copy boy.
Everything’s finally looking up. She’s climbing the ladder at the paper, scoring connections with the artists and thinkers of her day. But then Daddy reappears on the paper’s front page, his arm around a girl who’s just been beaten into a coma one block from Jane’s newspaper―hit in the head with a crowbar.
Copy Boy: A Jane Benjamin Novel is a San Francisco noir about a girl who becomes a boy to escape a crime she may or may not have committed.