Meg Wolitzer

Jeffrey Eugenides offers sky-high praise for Meg Wolitzer’s new novel, The Interestings. “Like Virginia Woolf in The Waves, Meg Wolitzer gives us the full picture here, charting her characters' lives from the self-dramatizing of adolescence, through the resignation of middle age, to the attainment of a wisdom that holds all the intensities of life in a single, sustained chord, much like this book itself. 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."

Though Janet Maslin of The New York Times and Bob Minzesheimer of USA Today gave the novel mixed reviews, Jennifer Reese of NPR called it a “juicy, perceptive and vividly written. … The novel reads almost as a fever chart of the characters' happiness decade to decade, capturing the spikes of career triumphs, medical diagnoses, everyday malaise, marital troubles, corrosive envy. Wolitzer is particularly sharp on envy. While all six Interestings start off with artistic dreams, only two of them, Ash and Ethan, will live those dreams, forming a family and becoming impossibly rich in the process.” 

·       Read an excerpt from The Interestings.

·       Read an interview where Meg explains why (most) men won’t read books about women.

·       Listen to Meg discuss the novel with Leonard Lopate.

·       Visit Meg’s official website.

 

Meg Wolitzer’s Top Ten List

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925).

2. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927).

3. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster (1924).

4. Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969) by Evan S. Connell.

5. Dubliners by James Joyce (1916).

6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857).

7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869).

8. Hard Times by Charles Dickens (1854).

9. Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth (1959).

10. My Ántonia by Willa Cather (1918). 

New List

Francine Prose

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877).
2. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1839). (See below.)
3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
4. The stories of Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).
5. The stories of John Cheever (1912–82).
6. The stories of Mavis Gallant (1922– ).
7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
8. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871–72).
9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).

 

Classic List

Amy Bloom

 

1. The Deptford trilogy by Robertson Davies (1983).
2.Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817).
3. His Dark Materialsby Philip Pullman (1995–2000).
4.The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1995).
5.The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2003).
6. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro (1978).
7. The Plot Against Americaby Philip Roth.
8. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998).
9. Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier (1951).
10. Larry’s Party by Carol Shields (1997).

 

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