"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 big questions asked by "The Interestings" are about what happened to the world (when, Jules wonders, did 'analyst' stop denoting Freud and start referring to finance?) and what happened to all that budding teenage talent. Might every privileged schoolchild have a bright future in dance or theater or glass blowing? Ms. Wolitzer hasn't got the answers, but she does have her characters mannerisms and attitudes down cold."--"The New York Times"
"I don't want to insult Meg Wolitzer by calling her sprawling, engrossing new novel, "The Interestings," her most ambitious, because throughout her 30-year career of turning out well-observed, often very funny books at a steady pace, I have no doubt she has always been ambitious. . . . But "The Interestings" is exactly the kind of book that literary sorts who talk about ambitious works . . . are talking about. . . . Wolitzer is almost crushingly insightful; she doesn't just mine the contemporary mind, she seems to invade it."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"A sprawling, marvelously inventive novel . . . ambitious and enormously entertaining."--"The Washington Post"
"[Readers] will identify with these anxious, engaging people who struggle to live differently from their parents while coming to terms with their own limitations."--"People"
"["The Interestings"] soars, primarily because Wolitzer insists on taking our teenage selves seriously and, rather than coldly satirizing them, comes at them with warm humor and adult wisdom."--"Elle"
"Juicy, perceptive and vividly written."--NPR.org
"A sprawling, ambitious and often wistful novel."--show more