Ever wonder what became of your first love? Emily did.
Emily Hudson should be happy. She has achieved modest success as a painter and lives a good
suburban life with her husband and four children. But one day, somewhere between the train schedules,
orthodontist appointments, and bake sales, Emily stopped and remembered who she was when she was
sixteen and how she felt when she found love with James Moran -- the young man she kissed beneath
her parents' Ping-Pong table -- the boy who made her Jimmy's girl.
It's been thirty years since they both went their separate ways. But Emily can't stop herself from
thinking about Jimmy ... nor can she resist using the Internet to find his address and telephone number . . . and placing the phone call that will change both their lives forever.
When Emily and Jimmy decide to meet again, they risk the lives they've made for themselves and the
happiness of their respective families. In one unforgettable weekend, they will learn what went wrong
between them and find out together if first love deserves a second chance.
Told from the perspectives of both Jimmy and Emily, each in turn revealing their lies and their
truths, this remarkable novel shows with tenderness and heart-rending accuracy the differences between
what men and women say and what men and women hear. The debut of a writer of extraordinary talent,
Jimmy's Girl is a novel for anyone who ever left love behind and dared to wonder "what
"Most people think of teenage romance as fleeting, but Stephanie Gertler's Jimmy's Girl is a perfect reminder of how strong first love can be . . . Definitely a page-turner."
"Engaging . . . Wry wit and hardheaded sensibility make this debut a keeper."
--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
"Stephanie Gertler's Jimmy's Girl is a sharp-eyed, impeccably detailed novel about a harried mother/wife/artist who trades reality for a little romance when she impulsively contacts her first love."
"Gertler's first novel is a sweet response to one of life's constant what-if questions."
--Booklist (starred review)
"Gertler has created wonderfully tangible and sympathetic characters. This story, dynamically and articulately told, will appeal to everyone who has had and lost a first love."
"First-novelist Gertler offers a tender evocation of lost love, and what it means to find it again."
"An assured debut . . . Gertler weaves a winsome morality tale."
"Insightful and heart-wrenching . . . this novel is a carefully crafted piece of art . . . A superb piece of writing that hits the emotional bulls-eye dead center."
--The Baton Rouge Advocate