Meet Jane Spring. She is a tough, ambitious prosecutor who immerses herself in every project she tackles, refusing to let anything come between her and her goals. After watching a few too many Doris Day movies and drinking a few too many glasses of wine, Jane decides to undergo a major transformation to find the man of her dreams. She directs the intense passion and commitment usually reserved for her professional life to her personal aspirations and embarks on a wacky journey of self-discovery that is chronicled in Sharon Krumís delightful novel (and soon to be feature film) The Thing About Jane Spring.
Since Doris Day always to seemed to have Mr. Right by her side, Jane decides to adopt each and every element of her persona. Since the two women could not be more dissimilar, the transformation is a dramatic one. Jane discards her conservative black suits for the pink and yellow vintage clothing worn by her grandmother in the 1960s. She paints her apartment bright colors reminiscent of the walls Doris lived within, and speaks not only with an accent but also in a hushed tone to completely mimic Dorisí demeanor and style.
Janeís co-workers have difficulty comprehending that the shrewd, sarcastic and inflexible colleague who exited their office before a winter storm is the same bright and cheery comrade who returns the next day. (While her co-workers unanimously favor the new-and-improved Jane Spring, this does not prevent them from entering into a pool to predict when she will revert back to her original distasteful self). Janeís new persona creates an enormous amount of speculation, with most people attributing the change to a mental breakdown or, at the very least, a ploy to gain the sympathy of the jury in a high-profile murder trial. As Jane prosecutes a woman for killing her cheating husband, her adversaries expose her transformation to the jury, openly accusing her of disingenuously trying to draw the distinction between women who lived in the era of Doris Day and may have felt trapped upon discovering marital infidelity and modern women (such as the defendant) who had options other than murder.
Even those readers who are not fans of Doris Day will find a sense of amusement in this quick and delightful read. The story is less about Doris Day and the 1960s than it is about the lengths a single woman will go to in order to find the perfect man---only to realize that part of the challenge is staying true to yourself and finding someone who likes you just the way you are.