The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.

The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules’s now-married best friends, become shockingly successful—true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken.

Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

 

Synopsis from megwolitzer.com

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  • Kevin

    Stumbled across this podcast on Slate.com about The Interestings. I didn't listen to it...not sure I will...but if you are interested http://slate.me/16xSQTJ

    July 14, 2013

    • Tom R.

      Fuckign auto-correct massacred that last post. Ignore it. THX 4 posting, Kevin

      July 14, 2013

    • Dawn

      I actually did listen to the podcast (I know, too much time on my hands), and it was interesting. They had many of the same criticisms that we did about the book.

      July 15, 2013

  • Dawn

    Clearly I wrote my comment without my glasses on since I misspelled EXCELLENT. :-)

    1 · June 27, 2013

    • Dawn

      For once in my life I'm one of the cool kids--gnarly! They still say that, right?

      1 · June 27, 2013

    • Kevin

      Of course they still say it. Any slang used in Fast Times at Ridgemont High is eternal!

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • Dawn

    Moderately interesting book. Excelent discussion.

    June 27, 2013

  • Tom R.

    Enjoyable discussion (especially about BB and GOT). Enjoyable good.

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Sarah

    Okay you guys, I have not been able to read this book (I'm on page 30 or something and I'm finding that I just don't care). I may or may not turn up to visit and sit confusedly while all the good boys and girls who read the book discuss.

    June 25, 2013

    • Wayne

      I had some empathy and affinity for everyone except for Goodman...I guess we definitely have a topic for discussion there.

      June 25, 2013

    • Tom R.

      His name was ironic...

      June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How late will this meet up last? I wish there was a maybe button for RSVP, because I am committed to be somewhere until 8, but it is in VAHI, so I won't be far.

    June 20, 2013

    • Wayne

      The meetup will probably run until 9, maybe a little longer -- feel free to drop in if you have a chance.

      June 20, 2013

  • Alex M.

    Just back in town, and haven't gotten the book yet, so I don't think I'll make it. I promise to get back on board next month.

    June 17, 2013

  • Tom R.

    Done. Well, that was...interesting.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Tom R.

    I am having the most unusual experience. I sat down to read a little of "The Interestings", and happened to put Phillip Glass' "Metamorphosis" on in the background. It so perfectly fit the pace and content of the book that it was a bit spooky. Sort of like taking a 'lude and seeing an intense film. Or not.

    1 · May 25, 2013

    • Wayne

      Hmmm...must iTunes (can that be used as a verb?) Phillip Glass. It's been a couple of days, but I'm still laughing over the name "Crema Seamans". :-)

      1 · May 25, 2013

    • Tom R.

      Easier to google and find a YouTube of Phillip Glass' music. Much of hie catalog is available complete on YT.

      May 25, 2013

  • Tom R.

    Can't wait! The book is sitting in my Kindle right now!

    1 · May 24, 2013

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