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The Interestings (Hardcover)

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    What was it about this one that kept making me tell everyone I was reading a book that was SO, SO GOOD? Was it the intricate web of friendships and romances and petty jealousies (and not-so-petty ones) that reminded me of my own close friends? The story made me feel like I was back in the '80s, maybe watching The Breakfast Club or something similarly important and memorable, the characters were people I knew, they were me, they were my people, and they have stuck with me now, months later. It's just everything a good read should be -- it made me smile and made me think and made me nostalgic and made me sad. I loved it. (Christine)

    — From Christine

    What was it about this one that kept making me tell everyone I was reading a book that was SO, SO GOOD? Was it the intricate web of friendships and romances and petty jealousies (and not-so-petty ones) that reminded me of my own close friends? The story made me feel like I was back in the '80s, maybe watching The Breakfast Club or something similarly important and memorable, the characters were people I knew, they were me, they were my people, and they have stuck with me now, months later. It's just everything a good read should be -- it made me smile and made me think and made me nostalgic and made me sad. I loved it. (Christine)

    — From Christine

    Description


    Named a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Time, and The Chicago Tribune, and named a notable book by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post

    "Remarkable . . . 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)

    From New York Times-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a new novel that has been called "genius" (The Chicago Tribune), "wonderful" (Vanity Fair), "ambitious" (San Francisco Chronicle), and a "page-turner" (Cosmopolitan), which The New York Times Book Review says is "among the ranks of books like Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot."

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.

    The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules's now-married best friends, become shockingly successful--true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken.

    Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

    About the Author


    Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel, Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781594488399
    ISBN-10: 1594488398
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Publication Date: April 9th, 2013
    Pages: 480
    Language: English