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The Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
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Apr 03, 2018 | 464 Pages
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“A dynamic, sprawling novel…Wolitzer has always been expert at capturing an emotion in a single image, and in this book she luxuriates in her skill.” —The Atlantic

“Wolitzer’s ultra-readable latest illuminates the oceanic complexity of growing up female and ambitious—and reveals the author’s substantial insight into the tangles of gender and power.” —Vogue 

“Meg Wolitzer is the novelist we need right now…[The Female Persuasion is] the sort of book that comes along in too few authors’ careers—one that makes the writer’s intellectual project snap into sharp focus, and with it, the case that their artistry is not merely enjoyable but truly important.” —The Washington Post

“[Wolitzer] writes in warm, specific prose that neither calls attention to itself nor ignores the mandate of the best books: to tell us things we know in ways we never thought to know them.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Uncannily timely, a prescient marriage of subject and moment that addresses a great question of the day: how feminism passes down, or not, from one generation to the next.” —The New York Times
 
“Wolitzer is an irresistibly charming novelist, a keen, affectionate examiner of society.” –The New Yorker

“A wonderfully solid book, luxuriously long and varied in an almost 19th century kind of way.” —NPR
 
“[Wolitzer is] old-fashioned in the best sense, a spiritual descendant of writers like Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë. Her novels blend philosophical matters with acute social commentary, grappling with ideas as robust as the characters she brings to life.” —Wall Street Journal Magazine
 
“Wolitzer’s social commentary can be as funny as it is queasily on target.” –USA Today

“Wolitzer’s narrative poses difficult questions about feminism using an approach that is direct, generous, and, most importantly, not presuming there is one correct answer. A work of imagination and intelligence that deserves a wide readership.” —Los Angeles Review of Books 
 
“Wolitzer’s talent as a writer shines in lines that say more in a sentence than most writers do in paragraphs…One can only hope that her readers — of the male and female persuasion — will keep the conversation going after the last page.” —Associated Press

“Wolitzer’s ultra-readable latest illuminates the oceanic complexity of growing up female and ambitious—and reveals the author’s substantial insight into the tangles of gender and power.” —Vogue 

“It takes readers to that sweet spot where fiction mirrors reality . . . Filled with lighthearted moments and romantic detours, it’s equal parts cotton candy and red meat, in the best way.” —People
 
“[Wolitzer is] a keen humanist with a singular gift for social observation.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Big, necessary, and utterly persuasive.” —The Boston Globe
 
“Wolitzer’s engrossing new novel, The Female Persuasion, is something of a rebel yell, slapping gender right in the title and confronting the question, What does a feminist look like?…So when you’re done binge-reading your copy, hand it off to a fellow literature lover. He’ll thank you for it.” —Elle

“A grand work, with immense insight into the loss of idealism, the formation of identity, and the nuances of being a woman today.” —InStyle

“I loved the book for the way it portrays every uncharted step of Greer’s ‘find a mentor’ process… It felt fresh and invigorating to see a familiar woman-to-woman work relationship develop in a novel.” —The Cut
 
“It is the messy, painful emotions of this book, rendered by Wolitzer with exacting specificity, that make it so stunning.” —Vox
 
“Wolitzer has always found a way to write engrossing, smart, and breezy books that also cut to the heart of the conundrum of living as a woman in the world.” —Vulture

“A little ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ a little ‘The Affair.’ —The Skimm

“Compulsively readable.” —Paste Magazine

“Absorbing, a page-turner that neatly layers gaps of information to add up to a full, multi-generational drama.” —Quartz

“A new feminist classic for the modern era…It’s a powerful coming-of-age story that looks at ambition, friendship, identity, desire, and power from the much-needed female lens.” —Bustle

“The book we needed about the female experience and female friendships in 2018. It’s funny, compelling, complex, and so incredibly timely.” —Hello Giggles
 
“An intricately woven and deeply layered story that follows women who connect, yearn, chase their ambitions, navigate structures of existing power while claiming their own, and who write their own stories—stories that ignite their imaginations and, sometimes, look vastly different from what they first planned.” —Southern Living

“Finally, a novel about a complicated relationship that doesn’t get nearly enough attention: that between mentor and mentee. Full of Meg Wolitzer’s signature acumen and insight.” —Esquire

“Much has changed in the feminist movement, and for all women… and this book observes those changes with a gimlet eye.” —Time

“Delves into mentorship—and how even the people we admire most can be flawed.” —Real Simple
 
“Meg Wolitzer’s latest is a bildungsroman for the new feminist age, full of ambition, ego, and the power of female mentorship.” —Town & Country
 
“Timely and true.” –The New York Post

The Female Persuasion is the best kind of social novel—a brilliant book about relationships set against a backdrop of principles, movements and change.” —Newsday
 
“A big, fat, delicious book about feminism and the power of female mentorship.” –Los Angeles Times
 
“Wolitzer is at her best when dropping wry but casual observations. The pages are peppered with little bonbons of accuracy.” —Chicago Tribune
 
 “Wit and description are a few of Wolitzer’s many strengths. … The work masterfully captures the highs, lows and unexpected twists of the idealistic life.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Wolitzer is one of those rare novelists who is able to capture the zeitgeist… A master weaver of story lines.” —The Millions

“Wolitzer’s writing is always so comfortable. It never feels strained or effortful; it’s like a friend telling you a story…The Female Persuasion never disappoints.” —Ploughshares

“A gorgeously written novel filled with big ideas, but mostly it’s just a damn good read.” —Popsugar
 
“Symphonic… The perfect feminist blockbuster for our times.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Ambitious and satisfying…This insightful and resonant novel explores what it is to both embrace womanhood and suffer because of it.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“Sweeping yet intimate…In a complex web of friends, lovers, mentors, and rivals, Wolitzer compassionately and artfully discerns the subtle strengths at the core of these essential connections.” —Booklist, starred review

“An absorbing story of ideals and ideas, betrayal and loyalty…[The Female Persuasion] shines a gentle, probing light on ambition and power.” —BookPage, starred review

“Feels very much of the moment…essential.” —Library Journal, starred review

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