Book-making is such a long process, full of landmarks. Today, seeing Tomboy’s final cover, I’m very grateful to the authors who kindly read and endorsed this book, before they could even hold the final version in their hands. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


“The heroine we need, the heroine we wish we were—determined, tough as hell, utterly lovable.”
—Elizabeth Gonzales James, author of Mona at Sea

“Combining the feminist can-do of Phryne Fisher and the snarky commentary of Veronica Mars, Jane Benjamin is a boatload of fun.”
—Halley Sutton, author of The Lady Upstairs

“A spirited feminist noir that flips femme fatale and private dick archetypes on their heads.”
—Anita Felicelli, author of Chimerica

“Murder, deceit, and gender fluidity take to the high seas in a rollicking whodunnit.”
—Alia Volz, author of Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco

“1939’s Jane Benjamin is a heroine for now—gritty, gutsy, gender-bending, and driven. She’s one difficult girl you want in your corner.”
—Dorothy Rice, author of Gray is the New Black

“Mix Jo March and Tom Ripley, shake, pour, and take a brisk, bitter swig of Jane Benjamin. You’ll be deliriously intoxicated by this bracing sequel to Copy Boy.”
—Gretchen Cherington, author of Poetic License

“Riveting as Mare of Easttown, binge-worthy as The Queen’s Gambit, Tomboy kept me reading—obsessively—until the very last line.”
—Debra Thomas, author of Luz

“Chock-full of audacity and adventure—a suspenseful and layered novel from the squalor of Hooverville to the opulence of the Queen Mary.”
—Ashley E. Sweeney, author of Answer Creek and Eliza Waite

“Crisp prose, snappy pace, exquisite period details, and a resource- ful, resilient, wonderfully flawed protagonist. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy boat ride.”
—Mary Camarillo, author of The Lockhart Women

“Tomboy ascends to a breaking point that will leave you breathless.”
—Laurie Buchanan, author of The Sean McPherson Novels

“The best kind of seat-of-your-pants protagonist to keep your heart racing as she gets herself into scrapes that threaten her safety but clarify her morality.”
—Maren Cooper, author of A Better Next