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“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)

The New York Times–bestselling novel by Meg Wolitzer 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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The Interestings
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Solid drama
November 12th, 2014
I enjoyed this drama about a group of friends much more than I thought I would. Very quality drama with memorable characters, definitely worth your time.
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November 12th, 2014
This book was a fun read for anyone in love with the New York of the past. Nothing profound, but still an intriguing story with well developed characters.
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January 24th, 2014
Fun reading for us baby boomers who great up in NY in the 60's. Easy to relate to some of the challenges the characters face
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January 24th, 2014
This book made me really fall in love with this author. The story is an epic journey from teenage years to old age for a group of friends. It's no easy feat to carry such a large cast of characters through such a long expanse of time and retain the reader's attention til the end, but Meg Wolitzer did it. I laughed and cried in equal measure. I'm looking forward to reading more by her.
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The interestings is interesting
September 14th, 2013
For anyone who went to summer camp and still thinks about it, this will be an enjoyable read. It makes you a little sentimental, a little reflective, and maybe a little embarrassed about the person you were as a teenager. Lots to ponder about the person you have become as an adult. Thinking of all my Wanakita friends.
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