The Interestings

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Penguin, 2013 - Fiction - 468 pages
97 Reviews
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.
 

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Ethan, Ash, and her brother Goodman, Jonah and Cathy are five privileged friends who have been attending Camp Spirit-In-The-Woods for years. It’s a camp for artistically gifted kids and the friends ... Read full review

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Sometimes I feel like when a book has this much length, it drags or contains too much reading in different parts. In this book it was all just so well written, and was so necessary to get the full ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
32
Section 3
38
Section 4
53
Section 5
83
Section 6
99
Section 7
117
Section 8
142
Section 13
294
Section 14
318
Section 15
346
Section 16
370
Section 17
379
Section 18
395
Section 19
408
Section 20
424

Section 9
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Section 10
195
Section 11
230
Section 12
265
Section 21
442
Section 22
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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.

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