Why is it that some people’s youthful talents blossom into genius, or at least great success, while other people’s, just as promising at the outset, seem to flower early and fade away? This is just one of the many “interesting” questions that Meg Wolitzer’s expansive and shrewd new novel The Interestings ponders. Encompassing several decades and the lives of six characters, friends who meet as teens in the rarefied world of a summer camp for artistically gifted youth, the novel also examines with almost microscopic accuracy the ways that friendships that begin in youth unfold over the course of a lifetime. Literary Affairs is pleased to add its voice to the din of critical praise that The Interestings has been receiving, and we think this ambitious, smart and yet deeply human novel will inspire great conversations for years to come. Read The Interestings this summer, and be prepared to meet and converse with the author at this fall’s Beverly Hills Literary Escape!
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About The Author
Meg Wolitzer’s novels include The Interestings; The Uncoupling; The Ten-Year Nap; The Position; and The Wife. She is also the author of a novel for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman. Wolitzer’s short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. In September 2013, along with singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche, she will be a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier program at Princeton University.