"A powerful, wildly entertaining story of friendship and identity set against the backdrop of the early 80s, an era which has uncanny parallels to today. Brainerd brilliantly captures the struggles of young women trying to find their way in a time when their parents and role models are in deep crisis. Age of Consent is both a juicy page-turner and a haunting, personal portrait of an era."
Aline Brosh McKenna, screenwriter of “The Devil Wears Prada” and co-creator of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Amanda Brainerd is a New York City real estate broker, wife and mother of three. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a Master of Architecture from Columbia University after being expelled from Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school in the 10th grade. This is her first novel.
Age of Consent is about three young women in the 1980s, who negotiate fraught friendships, sexuality, class, and predatory older men on the journey from innocence to independence. The narrative begins at a Connecticut boarding school, then follows the characters to New York City. A captivating, timeless novel, Age of Consent intimately evokes the heady freedom of our teenage years.