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Meg Wolitzer is the author of several acclaimed novels, most recently The Uncoupling ('tingles with playfulness and wicked observation' Independent) and The Wife ('has you howling with recognition' Allison Pearson), The Position ('one of the best and most human books I've read all year' Erica Wagner) and The Ten-Year Nap ('as incisive and pitiless and clear-eyed a chronicler of female-male tandems as Philip Roth or John Updike' Chicago Tribune). She is married with two sons and lives in New York City.
From internationally bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, and published by John Green's editor, Belzhar is a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.
On a warm July night in 1974 six teenagers play at being cool. The friendships they make this summer will be the most important and consuming of their lives. In a teepee at summer camp they smoke pot and drink vodka & Tangs, talk of Gunter Grass and the latest cassette tapes; they also share their dreams and ambitions, still so fresh and so possible. But decades later not everyone can sustain in adulthood what had seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, has resigned herself to a more practical occupation; Cathy has stopped dancing; Jonah has laid down his guitar and taken up engineering. Only Ethan's talent has endured. As their fortunes tilt precipitously over the years, some of them dealing with great struggle, others enjoying extraordinary wealth and success, friendships are put under the strain of envy and crushing disappointment. Against the backdrop of a changing America, from Nixon's resignation to Obama's new world, Wolitzer's panoramic tragicomedy asks how 'the Interestings' can be happy with being anything less than brilliant?
** Selected by 8 National Newspapers as a Book of the Year ** ** The New York Times Bestseller ** 'A page-turner that succeeds both at character and ideas' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A warm and immersive novel about ambition, power, women, friendship and finding your place in the world, from the bestselling author of The Wife and The Interestings. Greer Kadetsky is a shy college student when she meets the person who will change her life. Faith Frank, an influential and glamorous figure from the women's movement, inhabits a very different world to Greer's. But after a chance encounter Faith singles Greer out and invites her into her life, leading her down a thrilling path as it winds towards and away from her meant-to-be love story with high school sweetheart Cory and the future she had always imagined. Expansive and wise, compassionate and witty, The Female Persuasion is about the spark we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time.
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING GLENN CLOSE A husband. A wife. A secret. Behind any great man, there's always a greater woman. Joe and Joan Castleman are on an aeroplane, 35,000 feet above the ocean. Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he is about to receive and Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long Joan has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, subjugating her own talents and quietly being the keystone of his success. The Wife is an acerbic and astonishing take on a marriage from its public face to the private world behind closed doors. Wolitzer has masterfully created an expose of lives lived in partnership and the truth that behind the compromises, dedication and promise inherent in marriage there so often lies a secret... 'A triumph of tone and observation, The Wife is a blithe, brilliant take on sexual politics' Lorrie Moore
Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, read by Rebecca Lowman.'Greer didn't really know why Faith took an interest. But what she knew for sure, eventually, was that meeting Faith Frank was the thrilling beginning of everything. It would be a very long time before the unspeakable end.'Greer Kadetsky is a shy college student when she meets the woman who will shape her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant, has been a pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others. Hearing Faith speak for the first time, in a crowded campus chapel, Greer - misunderstood yet full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place - feels herself changed. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites her to make something out of this new sense of purpose, with a career opportunity that leads her down the most exciting and rewarding path as it winds towards and away from her meant-to-be love story with high school sweetheart Cory and the future she had always imagined.Expansive and wise, compassionate and witty, The Female Persuasion is about the spark we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time, and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.** The New York Times Bestseller **** BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime ** 'The wit, intelligence and deep feeling of Wolitzer's writing are extraordinary' Jeffrey Eugenides
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER';Ultra-readable.'Vogue';Equal parts cotton candy and red meat, in the best way.'People ';Wolitzer's social commentary can be as funny as it is queasily on target.'TheWall Street Journal';Wolitzer is one of those rare writers who creates droll and entertaining novels of ideas.'Fresh Air, NPR From theNew York Times-bestselling author ofThe Interestings, an electric novel not just about who we want to be with, but who we want tobe.To be admired by someone we admirewe all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greermadly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite placefeels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she'd always imagined.Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It's a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.
În stilul narcisist si autoironic al adolescentilor privilegiati, Ethan, Jonah, Cathy, Ash si fratele ei Goodman îsi iau numele de Interesantii în tabara artistica din Berkshire Mountains, locul lor de întâlnire în fiecare vara. Jules Jacobson e flatata si uluita când e primita în mica lor enclava, unde îsi foloseste spiritul sarcastic pentru a compensa lipsa frumusetii, a banilor sau a avantajelor sociale.DupA ce o tragedie îi îndepA rteazA pe doi dintre membrii grupului, cei rA maE i încep durerosul proces al maturizA rii, îmbrA E iE ând cariere E i construind relaE ii de pe urma cA rora ies mai mult sau mai puE in învingA tori.Absolut remarcabil. Cu acest roman, Meg Wolitzer s-a depA E it pe sine. InteresanE ii poate sta alA turi de Libertate a lui Jonathan Franzen sau de Intriga matrimonialA a lui Jeffrey Eugenides. – The New York Times Book ReviewO victorie! InteresanE ii o plaseazA pe Meg Wolitzer printre cei mai buni scriitori ai generaE iei sale. Nu e literaturA femininA . E pentru toatA lumea. – Entertainment WeeklyExistA un ritual al copilA riei: jurA mântul solemn cA , orice s-ar întâmpla, nu pierzi legA tura cu prietenii tA i. Iar pentru cei E ase adolescenE i cu înclinaE ii artistice, ale cA ror vieE i sunt descrise în noul roman de largA respiraE ie al lui Meg Wolitzer, jurA mântul acesta e E inut timp de aproape patruzeci de ani. – People„Fusese o nulitate, iar acum era în mijlocul acestui grup de prieteni, admiratA pentru umorul ei mucalit, de a cA rui existenE A nu E tiuse pânA atunci. Jules era o sursA de interes pentru toE i, era foarte bunA prietenA cu Ash E i E inta veneraE iei lui Ethan. De asemenea, de când venise acolo, ajunsese instantaneu o actriE A , dând probe E i obE inând roluri în piese. IniE ial, nici mA car nu voise sA audA de teatru. «Nu-s la fel de bunA ca tine», îi spusese lui Ash, iar Ash îi dA duse urmA torul sfat: «E tii cum te porE i când eE ti cu noi? E tii ce tare eE ti? Fii aE a E i pe scenA . IeE i din tine însA E i. N-ai nimic de pierdut, Jules. E i dacA nu acum, atunci când?»“
Crackling with intelligence and humor, The Position is the masterful story of one extraordinary family at the hilarious height of the sexual revolution-and through the thirty-year hangover that followed.In 1975 Paul and Roz Mellow wrote a bestselling Joy of Sex-type book that mortified their four school-aged children and ultimately changed the shape of the family forever. Thirty years later, as the now dispersed family members argue over whether to reissue the book, we follow the complicated lives of each of the grown children and their conflicts in love, work, marriage, parenting, and, of course, sex-all shadowed by the indelible specter of their highly sexualized parents.Insightful, panoramic, and compulsively readable, The Position is an American original.
Meg Wolitzer brings her characteristic wit and intelligence to a provocative story about the evolution of a marriage, the nature of partnership, the question of a male or female sensibility, and the place for an ambitious woman in a man's world.The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan's husband Joseph is one of America's preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. From this gripping opening, Meg Wolitzer flashes back to Smith College and Greenwich Village in the 1950s and follows the course of the marriage that has brought the couple to this breaking point-one that results in a shocking revelation.With her skillful storytelling and pitch-perfect observations, Wolitzer has crafted a wise and candid look at the choices all men and women make-in marriage, work, and life.
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still beat home in New Jersey with her sweet Britishboyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She'd be watchingold comedy sketches with him. She'd be kissinghim in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn't be at The WoodenBarn, a therapeutic boarding school in ruralVermont, living with a weird roommate, andsigned up for an exclusive, mysterious classcalled Special Topics in English. But life isn't fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead. Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jamto Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored,and Jam can feel Reeve's arms aroundher once again. But there are hidden truths onJam's path to reclaim her loss. From New York Times bestselling author MegWolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprisingstory about first love, deep sorrow, and thepower of acceptance.
What if every woman in town suddenly went on strike? For the people of Stellar Plains, the staging of a new school production of an Athenian drama coincides with a mysterious cold wind that blows into houses and into hearts, stilling passion and cooling sheets. As the play moves into dress rehearsal and discontent simmers, opening night cannot come a moment too soon...
When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play Lysistrata-the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war-a strange spell seems to be cast over the school. Or, at least, over the women. One by one, throughout the high school community, perfectly healthy, normal women and teenage girls turn away from their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom, for reasons they don't really understand. As the women worry over their loss of passion, and the men become by turns unhappy, offended, and above all, confused, both sides are forced to look at their shared history, and at their sexual selves in a new light.
For a group of four New York friends, the past ten years have been defined by marriage and motherhood. Educated to believe that they and their generation would conquer the world, they nonetheless left high-powered jobs to stay at home with their babies. What was intended as a temporary time-out has turned into a decade. Now at forty, with their kids growing up, Amy, Jill, Roberta and Karen wake up to a life and a future that is not what they intended. Illicit affairs, money problems, issues with children and husbands all rear their heads, and the friends wonder if it's time for a change...
For a group of four New York friends, the past decade has been largely defined by marriage and motherhood. Educated and reared to believe that they would conquer the world, they then left prestigious jobs to stay home with their babies. What was meant to be a temporary leave of absence has lasted a decade. Now, at age forty, with the halcyon days of young motherhood behind them and without professions to define them, Amy, Jill, Roberta, and Karen face a life that is not what they were brought up to expect but seems to be the one they have chosen. But when Amy meets someone who seems to have fulfilled the classic women's dream of having it all-work, love, family-without having to give anything up, a lifetime's worth of concerns, both practical and existential, opens up. As her obsession with this woman's bustling life grows, it forces the four friends to confront the choices they've made-until a series of startling events shatters the peace and, for some of them, changes the landscape entirely.
Everything changes for the four Mellow children the day they find a book called Pleasuring on the shelf. It is written by their liberal parents, features tasteful pastel illustrations of their lovemaking, and has become a runaway bestseller. Thirty years later the book is set to be reissued but the lives of the Mellow family are no longer the same: their children grapple with complicated 21st century problems and the iconic couple's perfect marriage has not run as smoothly as everyone has assumed...
A Husband. A Wife. Their Secret Joe and Joan Castleman are en route to Helsinki. Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he will receive there, while Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long she has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, whilst quietly being the keystone of his success. But behind the compromises, the disappointment and disillusionment there lies a secret...