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The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings
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    Apr 2013, 480 pages
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    Mar 2014, 544 pages

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Elizabeth Whitmore Funk

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Meg Wolitzer's new novel focuses on the dynamics between a group of friends over the years and explores the role of art in shaping their young-adult lives

I was first charmed by Meg Wolitzer's writing in my early twenties. Having recently been cast into a world of college courses and first professional jobs, I loved Wolitzer's The Position because it invoked the tight-knit family dynamics and quirkiness of childhood that I so sorely missed at that time. Wolitzer's niche is in novels that explore friendships and relationships across time, and her latest, The Interestings, digs deep into that niche to explore questions about love, art, youth and aging.

The Interestings opens in Spirit-in-the-Woods, a summer camp for young artist types. Most of the campers, like Ash and Goodman, are children of wealthy New Yorkers. Still others, like Jonah, are the children of folk singers, or simply middle-class kids, like Jules and Ethan, who are attending camp on a scholarship. Despite their differences, they all share that dreamy, self-involved mental ...

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