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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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The Interestings
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3.9 / 5
The Interestings
April 10th, 2015
Nice read. Very fluid writing; structure could use a lot more creativity...it was essentially a very long well-written soap opera. Entertaining but not thought-provoking, exactly.
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It was only ok
March 30th, 2015
The book didn't pull me in. I spent much time wondering how much fit her we would digress from the previous sentence. It was only ok for me. A little glad to "mark this closed".
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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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Enjoyable
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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Summer
September 14th, 2013
Highly over rated!
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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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Not bad, not great
September 4th, 2013
I cared about the characters and could relate but it kept dragging on. Became uninterested
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A fun read
August 8th, 2013
Not much plot, mostly personality. And it took a while for me to care about the characters. But, by the second half of the book I was into it. And I give the author credit for not being as predictable as I thought it was going to be.
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One of the best in a long time
June 3rd, 2013
Granted the characters where about my age and I could immediately relate, but it wasn't that so much as how honest each person was portrayed. From the time they all met as teenagers, The Interestings lives were affected by that summer camp meeting through middle-age and presumably beyond.
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