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Jami Attenberg explains the cover for her new novel, 'All Grown Up'

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Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie, will explore the definition of adulthood in her next novel, All Grown Up. The book centers on 39-year-old Andrea Bern, whose single, childless lifestyle doesn’t quite match up with the friends and family around her who are getting married, having babies, and throwing themselves into careers. But when Andrea’s niece is born with health troubles, her priorities begin to shift.

All Grown Up won’t hit shelves until March 7, 2017, but EW is thrilled to reveal its beautiful cover below — along with Attenberg’s own explanation of why this jacket is a perfect representation of her novel.

Says Attenberg:

Putting a woman’s head on the cover of a book has always been fraught with complications for me.  Is the image too feminine or whimsical or stereotypical? And does it have a real connection with the content of the book or is it just acting as a signal that this is a “book about women”?  But when I saw this cover by the brilliant Sinem Erkas I instantly knew that it captured just the right tone and essence of my narrator Andrea. It felt very fresh and modern and cool and urban, and not overtly feminine but obviously female. Plus the font is stylish as hell. And I just love that Empire State Building — it’s everything to me. It’s my narrator’s favorite building in New York — she has a view of it from her Brooklyn loft and obsessively draws it for years, even though she’s given up her career as an artist — but I also love how it’s got a nice raised-middle-finger quality to it, as if to say this book is ready to start some trouble.