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The Interestings: A Novel

by Meg Wolitzer

Berkley Trade | March 25, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Interestings: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

“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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.25 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594632340

ISBN - 13: 9781594632341

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Different! It took me a few pages to really get captivated in this book, but when I did I could not lay it down!! I have never read a book written so differently before; varying from different perspectives and time periods, yet still keeping a main character. Also talked about very many real life issues which are oftentimes avoided. I dislike endings where you have to make them up yourself, and this was partially so for this book (my reason for giving 4/5 stars).. but I would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2014-05-30

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The Interestings: A Novel

by Meg Wolitzer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.25 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594632340

ISBN - 13: 9781594632341

From the Publisher

“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.

About the Author

Meg Wolitzer’s previous novels include The Wife, The Position, The Ten-Year Nap, and The Uncoupling. She lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

“Remarkable . . . [ The Interestings ’s] inclusive vision and generous sweep place it among the ranks of books like Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot . The Interestings is warm, all-American, and acutely perceptive about the feelings and motivations of its characters, male and female, young and old, gay and straight; but it’s also stealthily, unassumingly, and undeniably a novel of ideas. . . . 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 big questions asked by The Interestings are about what happened to the world (when, Jules wonders, did ''analyst'' stop denoting Freud and start referring to finance?) and what happened to all that budding teenage talent. Might every privileged schoolchild have a bright future in dance or theater or glass blowing? Ms. Wolitzer hasn’t got the answers, but she does have her characters mannerisms and attitudes down cold."— The New York Times "I don''t want to insult Meg Wolitzer by calling her sprawling, engrossing new novel, The Interestings , her most ambitious, because throughout her 30-year career of turni
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