cover image See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics

See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics

Caitlin Moscatello. Dutton, $28 (336p) ISBN 978-1-5247-4292-8

In this rousing debut, journalist Moscatello follows left-wing women who ran for American public office for the first time in the 2018 midterms. She focuses mainly on four women: Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA agent, ousted the Republic incumbent in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, flipping the district blue for the first time since the 1960s and becoming the first woman ever to hold the office. Pro-choice activist Anna Eskamani won a formerly Republican-held seat in Florida’s House of Representatives. London Lamar, running for a seat in the Tennessee State House, filed anti–voter suppression lawsuits after she discovered that fewer sites than planned would be open during the early voting period. Lawyer Catalina Cruz became the first undocumented person ever elected to New York’s State Assembly after taking down an incumbent supported by the Democratic Party. Moscatello follows these and other women candidates as they fund-raise, canvass, handle online trolling, work part-time, parent—and win. Along the way, she analyzes primaries, the effect of the #MeToo movement, and Brett Kavanaugh’s rise to the Supreme Court. This optimistic and well-reported look at the post-Trump blue wave will inspire progressive readers. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. (Aug.)