For May, we will be reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. It was recently named one of Amazon's best books of the month for April 2013. Entertainment Weekly reviewed the book several weeks ago (giving it a grade of A), and very favorably compared Wolitzer's novel to the writing of critics' darlings Franzen and Eugenides.
According to Amazon editor Sara Nelson, "This knowing, generous and slyly sly new novel follows a group of teenagers who meet at a summer camp for artsy teens in 1974 and survive as friends through the competitions and realities of growing up. At its heart is Jules (nee Julie, she changes it that first summer to seem more sophisticated) Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress who comes to realize she’s got more creative temperament than talent; her almost boyfriend Ethan Figman, the true genius in the bunch (he’s a cartoonist); musician Jonah Bay, son of a famous Baez-ish folksinger; and the Wolf siblings, Ash and Goodman, attractive and mysterious. How these five circle each other, come together and break apart, makes for plenty of hilarious scenes and plenty of heartbreaking ones, too. A compelling coming of age story about five privileged kids, this is also a pitch-perfect tale about a particular generation and the era that spawned it."
Links to the book on Amazon:
Kindle | Hardcover | Audiobook
New members and/or guests are more than welcome to join us! Reading the book is suggested, but definitely not required to join.