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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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An apt title for an interesting book, it explores what is all too common – that early promise peters out, that we settle for less than what we wanted or expected for ourselves. This is a tale of a group of friends, lives lived. On the one hand Wolitzer charts exquisitely a particular era of American (and to be more particular, New York) history from Nixon to now, and on the other it’s a slightly convoluted tale of how these friends lives pan out.

If you like Meg Wolitzer you might also like to read books by Junot Diaz, A.M.Homes and Donna Tartt.

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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?

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This is a wonderful book. Intelligent and subtle, it is exquisitely written with enormous warmth and depth of emotion. But what makes The Interestings exceptional is the precision and elegance of Wolitzer's writing. This should be the novel to make Wolitzer a household name here too -- Kate Mosse The Times

Wolitzer is a writer of prodigious energy and detail, with the knack for comic-satirical perceptions of character and culture -- Rachel Cusk Guardian

About the Author

Meg Wolitzer

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.

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1st April 2014


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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


480 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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