'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.
En 1974, Julie passe son été à Spirit-in-the-Wood, une colonie de vacances. Elle y rencontre un groupe de cinq adolescents qui se sont baptisés « les Intéressants » : Ethan, un surdoué des films d'animation ; Goodman et sa soeur Ash, jeunes New-Yorkais bien nés ; Jonah, le fils d'une célèbre chanteuse folk, icône de la contre-culture, et enfin Cathy, qui rêve de devenir danseuse.
Le roman suit leur vie pendant quarante ans. Ethan épousera Ash. Ensemble, ils connaîtront la réussite et les drames. Goodman devra faire face à la justice. Jonah se détournera de la musique. Et Julie ? Julie se cherchera pendant de longues années et racontera leur histoire à tous.
« Une narration vertigineuse. Un livre sensible et profond. » Olivia de Lamberterie, Elle.
« Un écrivain enchanteur. Addictif ! » Thomas Mahler, Le Point.
« Impressionnant d'intelligence et de maîtrise. » Augustin Trapenard, Le Grand Journal.
Découvrir un Kâma-Sûtra signé par ses parents est loin d'être une partie de plaisir. Surtout s'ils ont aussi posé pour les illustrations. Trente ans plus tard, les quatre enfants Millow cherchent tant bien que mal à se remettre du choc. Addictions, militantisme, impuissance sexuelle ou mariage illusoire, chacun se fraie une voie à sa manière dans les gravats laissés par les seventies, entre mal de repères et quête d'émancipation.
Greer Kadetsky, jeune étudiante, rencontre Faith Frank, militante historique du droit des femmes, lors d'une conférence. A partir d'une banale discussion, se crée une relation intellectuelle intense, celle d'une mentor et se protégée. Complicité, rivalité, évolution du droit des femmes et amition des femmes... Les deux héroïnes vont se lancer dans l'une des aventures les plus stimulantes de leur vie.
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college student when she meets the woman who will shape her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant, has been a pillar of the women's movement for decades. Hearing Faith speak for the first time, in a crowded campus chapel, Greer feels herself changed. Then, astonishingly, Faith invites her to make something out of this new sense of purpose, leading her down a thrilling path as it winds towards and away from her meant-to-be love story with high school sweetheart Cory and the future she had always imagined.
Expansive and wise, compassionate and witty, The Female Persuasion is about the spark we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time.
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.
A New York Times Bestseller A powerful coming-of-age story that looks at ambition, friendship, identity, desire, and power from the much-needed female lens." -- Bustle Ultra-readable. -- Vogue From the New York Times -bestselling author of The Interestings , comes an electric novel not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be . To be admired by someone we admire--we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world. Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the womens movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer--madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she cant quite place--feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future shed always imagined. Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. Its a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.
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.
From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters. Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads. When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends--and possibly, one day, even sisters. But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will Bett and Avery (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?
Joan, 64 ans, est confortablement installée dans la première classe d'un avion. Elle voyage vers Helsinki où son mari, un écrivain très célèbre, unanimement considéré comme un génie, doit recevoir une prestigieuse récompense pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre. Tout va donc pour le mieux dans ce couple respecté de tous. Et pourtant... dans cet avion, à c e moment précis, Joan vient de décider de quitter son mari.
Elle repense à leur rencontre dans le New York du début des années 1960, dans le quartier de Greenwich village. Puis leur marche commune vers le succès. Surtout, elle revient sur le secret qui cimente leur relation depuis de longues années. Si elle décide de partir, tous les deux y perdront beaucoup. Toute leur vie. Comme dans Les Intéressants, Meg Wolitzer déploie, dans ce roman, son art de l'analyse psychologique et du flasback .
La doublure porte un regard lucide sur le couple, sur le succès et sur toute une génération issue des années 60.
Modern fictionEngaging and timely novel exploring the continuing dilemma for women of how to combine work and motherhood. A group of 4 New York friends emerge from 10 years of caring for their children wondering where their lives went, and what happens next.
B>Max discovers that uniqueness is more than just a name, in this funny, lively picture book debut by the bestselling author of The Interestings./b>br>br>Max''s room has his name all over it--on his blanket and night light and wall. His parents call him The One and Only Max. And so, he is in for a big surprise at the playground one day, when he hears "Max, time to go home!" and two other kids come running. He''s not the one and only after all! How many Maxes are in the world?! Millions of Maxes?br> br>But when he decides to help one of the other Maxes find her missing toy, he discovers that there are other ways to be special, and that he can appreciate the specialness of his new Max friends just as much as his own. That night he dreams of the future adventures he''ll have with all of the Maxes he has yet to meet.
'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.
"[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.