1975. Au plus fort de la révolution sexuelle, Paul et Roz Mellow publient un guide du plaisir amoureux, décrivant la plupart des positions connues, illustré de dessins représentant le couple d'écrivains en action. Lorsque leurs quatre enfants, âgés de 6 à 15 ans, découvrent par hasard le livre, le choc est de taille. 2005. À l'occasion d'un projet de réédition du livre, la famille se réunit. Paul et Roz sont aujourd'hui divorcés.
Quant aux enfants, qui ont grandi dans un contexte social radicalement différent de celui de leurs parents, ils sont tous, à des degrés divers, marqués par la vie libérée de ces derniers. Après des années de dérive, l'aînée, Holly, s'est réfugiée dans un mariage illusoire ; Michael souffre de dépression chronique et d'impuissance ; Dashiell est gay et militant républicain ; la plus jeune, Claudia, a du mal à quitter le giron familial.
Tous sont la proie de contradictions diverses, entre besoin d'être libres et d'être aimés, émancipation et fidélité à leurs racines. Tous se cherchent eux-mêmes dans une société de plus en plus cloisonnée. Avec cette irrésistible saga familiale, Meg Wolitzer, comparée par le New York Times à Jonathan Franzen et Jeffrey Eugenides, fait son entrée dans la cour des grands. À la fois émouvant, pertinent et follement romanesque, La Position a été élu par le Times comme l'un des meilleurs romans de la décennie.
'The book was called Pleasuring: One Couple's Journey to Fulfillment. The title, when the children had first heard it and begun to understand it, was so incontestably mortifying that it threatened to stunt them forever, leaving them clocked in time and steadfast refusal to enter the adult world.' This is more or less what happens to Holly and Michael, Dashiell and Claudia, after they read the seminal book which their liberal parents Paul and Roz Mellow have written, a book that features tasteful pastel illustrations of their parents' lovemaking - and which has become a runaway bestseller. Thirty years later, when the children who have grown up in the shadow of these erotically charged parents are adults, and it looks as though the book may be reissued, we catch up individually with their conflicted, complicated 21st-century lives and those of the iconic couple whose marriage has not run as smoothly as it seemed set to do. The Jane Austen of sexual politics, with crackling intelligence, humour and a signature hint of suppressed rage, Meg Wolitzer takes us into the heart of a family that is dysfunctional in its very own way but heartbreakingly familiar.
Whatever became of the most talented people you once knew?
On a warm summer night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting.
Decades later, aspiring actress Jules has resigned herself to a more practical occupation; Cathy has stopped dancing; Jonah has laid down his guitar and Goodman has disappeared. Only Ethan and Ash, now married, have remained true to their adolescent dreams and have become shockingly successful too. As the group's fortunes tilt precipitously, their friendships are put under the ultimate strain of envy and crushing disappointment.
'The wit, intelligence and deep feeling of Wolitzer's writing are extraordinary and The Interestings brings her achievement, already so steadfast and remarkable, to an even higher level' Jeffrey Eugenides
A Husband. A Wife. Their Secret Joe and Joan Castleman are en route to Helsinki. Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he will receive there, while Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long she has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, whilst quietly being the keystone of his success. But behind the compromises, the disappointment and disillusionment there lies a secret...
What if every woman in town suddenly went on strike?
For the people of Stellar Plains, the staging of a new school production of an Athenian drama coincides with a mysterious cold wind that blows into houses and into hearts, stilling passion and cooling sheets. As the play moves into dress rehearsal and discontent simmers, opening night cannot come a moment too soon...
"Expect depth and razor sharp wit in this YA novel from the author of The Interestings." - Entertainment Weekly "A prep school tale with a supernatural-romance touch, from genius adult novelist Meg Wolitzer." --Glamour "Basically everything Meg Wolitzer writes is worth reading, usually over and over again, and her YA debut . . . is no exception." --TeenVogue.com If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She'd be watching old comedy sketches with him. She'd be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn't be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.But life isn't fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead. Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve's arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam's path to reclaim her loss.
'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.
"[A] terrific and surprising collection of tales by a diverse group of writers . . . Count on them to transport you." --USA Today /> /> The Best American Short Stories 2017 will be edited by Meg Wolitzer, who is "almost crushingly insightful; she doesn't just mine the contemporary mind, she seems to invade it" (San Francisco Chronicle), making her the perfect person to helm this literary time capsule of a collection.