The Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion

Book - 2018
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"Ultra-readable." -Vogue

"Equal parts cotton candy and red meat, in the best way." -People

"Wolitzer's social commentary can be as funny as it is queasily on target." -Wall Street Journal

"Wolitzer is one of those rare writers who creates droll and entertaining novels of ideas." - Fresh Air, NPR

From the New York Times -bestselling author of The Interestings , 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 women's 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 can't 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 she'd 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. It's 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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781594488405
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 24 cm

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KatG1983
Jun 15, 2018

Much like the commenter below, I had trouble immersing myself in this book. It took me about 75/100 pages to really feel connected to the characters. That being said, once I had eased in, I really enjoyed it. The books is about so many things - family, friendships, feminism ... and mostly, how our actions can affect others, spinning their lives off into a different direction. I appreciated that the author wrote from the perspectives of a variety of characters, allowing you to understand even those we would see as an antagonist.

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feralranger
Jun 14, 2018

I was having trouble getting into this book but then I realized something about it that was getting in the way of my enjoying it. I kept thinking it was supposed to be about the new wave of feminism, the me too movement. When I let that idea go I realized it was a very well written human interest story about finding out what we may really want out of life. And how sometimes circumstances in life make that decision for us.
The author Meg Wolitzer can write the heck out of words. She has a talent for creating convincing characters with all the flaws and strengths we all possess.

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Squid_1
Jun 10, 2018

Dry like a cracker. Too artsy fartsy.

DBRL_ReginaF May 23, 2018

It was an OK story but if feels as if it's only there to plug in every type of feminist and anti-feminist, which she manages to do quite well.

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KSpaulding
May 23, 2018

The personal is made political for college student Greer Kadetsky one night when she stands up to ask a question, to make her voice heard, to join the fight for fairness and equality. Encouraged by her idol to pursue a life defending these principles, Greer discovers the difficulties and compromises required of even the most dedicated idealist. Wolitzer’s novel presents sympathetic and all-too-human characters battling to do the best they can while staying true to themselves and to those they love.

JCLOctavia May 21, 2018

Just a normal story or a normal female and how she found her outside voice. It was okay storytelling but a boring story.

DCLadults May 12, 2018

No passion, the characters were stiff, and the story dragged on and on.

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laphampeak
Apr 28, 2018

I wanted to like this story, and parts of it I did but, for me, it didn't have the depth of a good literary novel nor the peaks of a gripping story. The telling of Greer's various times in her life, her relationships, successes and failures seems a mild slice of life.

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