18 Apr First, let’s get this out of the way: Exactly what was Jeffrey Eugenides trying to say ? “The Interestings,” the new novel by Meg Wolitzer, arrives. 24 Aug There is no doubt that Meg Wolitzer’s ninth novel, The Interestings, is the beneficiary of this new transgender fictional exchange. There is an. Remarkable With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself.”—The New York Times Book Review “A victory The Interestings.

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Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. I feel proud and awed that some kickass literary lions today are females. I thought the same about The Interetingsa nimble tragicomedy about four children who discover that their parents are the co-authors of a celebrated Sixties sex manual. If I was the kind of woman to have “book husbands,” this man and Jim, the roofer from Still Life with Bread Crumbs would fit this description.

You wouldn’t believe how many people saw fit to tell wllitzer that this was an amazing book when they saw me reading it in public. All believe they are meant for wopitzer things. About what it means that some of us in middle age have “made it” and others of us have not. Waifish Ash Wolf, the Yale-bound dramatic actress, is sister to Goodman, the robustly masculine but lugubrious, lazy, wannabe architect. Ultimately The Interestings is absorbing and immensely likeable.

It is a literary masterpiece elegantly and perfectly written, in the vein of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. One of the few books that lives up to its reputation, Wolitzer deserves some kind of award for this.


The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – review

Heather Mac Donald on how race and gender pandering corrupts bu. I’m still sitting with the smile on my face I had when I finished the last page. Wreaking, by James Scudamore – review Cressida Connolly. But the beautiful and basically perfect Ash falls for him much to everyone’s surprise, but what do you know?

‘The Interestings,’ by Meg Wolitzer – The Washington Post

A summer camp goer, a New Yorker who vividly remembers the 80s, and someone whose closest friends are still, not summer camp, but the little group that formed a few years later in college.

Related Links Contact us about speaking engagements with Meg Wolitzer. Six teenagers mg at a co-ed arts camp in the Berkshires in and remain in touch through the years up to the present.

When the central drama revolves around what didn’t happen for a particular character thirty years prior, things get pretty stale, and fast.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, review

Oh, and if you’re going to have every single person in your book intefestings your heroine funny, have her speak at least one funny line. Open one thing and it will set a sequence of events in place that will affect the past, present, and future.

But I kept thinking it would get better. Fate, coincidence, class and envy are what bind — and in some cases disperse — the six central characters. Aug 08, Lex rated it really liked it. Six teenagers meet at a summer camp for creative arts in With this Wolitzer displays the unpredictability of life and infinite possibilities of the future. Then the third part comes along and you understand that the author was just writing a long, unfunny Seinfeld episode, a story about nothing.


For his new friends, Ethan’s authenticity is regenerative: However, she’s inherestings completely three-dimensional and believable character, a brilliant mix-up of good and bad.

Wolitzer pushes against our expectations and there were several moments where I held the book closer as if to say to a good friend: Shire, by Ali Smith – review Emily Rhodes.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – review | Books | The Guardian

This sounds hella boring, but Wolitzer’s writing is beautiful. Bekah No, I don’t think so. But in the end, you realize that life is not about a dream. It is best to read this novel without any ibterestings or peek inside. I would like to believe that the New York police in would have responded so seriously to an ambiguous maybe-rape-maybe-consensual-sex of a drunk and high teenager by her privileged white ex-boyfriend.

Wolitzer is revisiting some of the characters and themes that first appeared in her fourth novel, SurrenderDorothy. Some reviews say that they cannot identify with the characters or that the characters are not likeable. Meg Wolitzer starts a chapter with one angle, she then continues with going into something happening in the past and you kind of forget about the original angle until the end of the chapter where everything wraps up.