THE MEG WOLITZER BRAND: With The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer became a household name associated with a level of prestige her career had not seen before. Wolitzer is widely acclaimed, both critically and commercially, and this novel is fiercely awaited - the perfect next step in her steeply ascendant trajectory.
A BIG, HEARTY READ: Like The Interestings, the novel perfectly balances weight and scope, humor and emotional value. Told from multiple perspectives, spanning full lifetimes, the novel feels big and important as well as moving and deeply satisfying.
TIMELY AND RELEVANT: At a time when women’s rights are in jeopardy, and women’s collective voices are rising in response, there is a palpable need for a novel that subtly looks at feminism in all its dimensions, written with a keen, non-judgmental cultural eye. Just as The Ten-Year Nap observed and described the challenges of working and non-working mothers without ever taking sides, The Female Persuasion offers a sharp and insightful observation of the times, particularly through the lens of a young woman. A revealing story of a web of relationships set against the challenges of today.
Praise for The Interestings:
“Remarkable…[The Interestings’s] inclusive vision and generous sweep place it among the ranks of books like Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot. The Interestings is warm, all-American, and acutely perceptive about the feelings and motivations of its characters, male and female, young and old, gay and straight; but it’s also stealthily, unassumingly, and undeniably a novel of ideas…. With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A victory…The Interestings secures Wolitzer’s place among the best novelists of her generation…. She’s every bit as literary as Franzen or Eugenides. But the very human moments in her work hit you harder than the big ideas. This isn’t women’s fiction. It’s everyone’s.”—Entertainment Weekly (A)
“The big questions asked by The Interestings are about what happened to the world (when, Jules wonders, did ’analyst’ stop denoting Freud and start referring to finance?) and what happened to all that budding teenage talent. Might every privileged schoolchild have a bright future in dance or theater or glass blowing? Ms. Wolitzer hasn’t got the answers, but she does have her characters mannerisms and attitudes down cold.”—The New York Times
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