Certainly pertinent in these interesting times of the undoing of feminist ideals. I‘m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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I really liked this! I didn‘t want to stop listening to it. I thought it might be a five star read but the middle meandered a bit too much to make it perfect. Solid four stars for sure though. I love coming of age stories, and the feminist angle was really good as well.
Does anyone else get really attached to some narrators, or overly associate them with a book/character/author? Rebecca Lowman narrated all of Rainbow Rowells books so now I‘m listening to this I am loving it because it feels like Rainbow Rowell to me, lol.
Beachside reading on the northern shores #bookandbeer
Can‘t say I loved the central characters of Wolitzer‘s novel about what it means to be a woman. The most interesting character arc in the novel actually belonged to a guy. Go figure. Full review at theludicreader.com
I really enjoyed this coming of age story of Greer who feels her path is set out ahead of her but then meets powerful feminist Faith Frank at which point her life takes a different route. Spanning several decades the book mainly follows Greer but also her best friend, her boyfriend and Faith Frank herself. I was fully absorbed in each character and the exploration of feminism and power but mainly this was just a very readable, well written story.
If you are feminist read this, it is a fiction book but the topics discussed are relatable and definitely a read for millennials. Any generation can appreciate this book.
The story of Greer who we meet as a college freshman at the beginning of the century and follow up to the present day. The story principally concerns the influence on Greer's life of a famous feminist, Faith Frank. Wolitzer is great at creating believable, flawed characters and making us care about them. The "plot" revolves around one moment of selfish, careless betrayal and a horrific tragedy which hits the reader like a punch to the face.
Meg Wolitzer is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me. With the exception of The Uncoupling which I LOATHED, I find so much common cause with her characters‘s lives and fears and dreams, even if my personal circumstances don‘t mirror theirs. I found this utterly compelling and eminently readable. 4🌟.
I liked this one.... I did t have any expectations going into this. I listened to the audiobook. The narrator did a good job changing voices for all the characters. The ending got a bit confusing because it jumped around from character perspectives when the majority of the book was one perspective.
I‘m not sure why but for some reason Meg Wolitzer‘s books just feel insincere. This story meant to be a rallying cry to young activists and feminist felt forced. Ask me next week the characters names and I‘m sure I won‘t be able to recall. A fast read but not one with staying power. #BorrowNotBuy #MoreMehThanYeah Thank you @LibrarianRyan for the blow dryer trick😉That pesky sticker came right off‼️
I was out last night and two women recommend this book to me...since I own it I thought I‘d give it a try. I don‘t have much luck with Meg Wolitzer but I‘m going in with an open mind. That darn B&N sticker won‘t come off 😩
Currently reading! Has anybody else read this book? I read Wolitzer‘s book The Interestings last year and I loved it. Hope I feel the same with this one
Listening to The Unabridged podcast for the first time! Yay Littens!
Meg Wolitzer was one of my favorite speakers at the 2018 National Book Festival, where she focused on her book The Female Persuasion (which I hadn't yet read). Now, reading this book for the Unabridged Book Club, I'm happy to say that the book lived up to its promise. (continued in comments)
Don't really have a #februaryTBR because I'm a mood reader 😅 but I intend to read either of this first. Still haven't decided. The Female Persuasion called out to me from my TBR stack, The Sympathizer was chosen by my 2yo lol
Which would you suggest I read first? I'm undecided. Pls help! 😁🙏
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Discussion Question Number Two.
I think I would have been really into this book back when I didn't know a lot about feminism, but it was hard for me to be enamored by the whole white-woman-college-student-looks-upto-second-wave-feminist-mentor-and-is-grossly-misguided-in-her-idealism thing. I was actually more riveted by the arcs of a couple of the secondary characters. Also, the writing meandered a bit. Just wasn't for me.
Planned to mow the mustard while audiobooking, but I got the side eye of this guy and figured his work was more pressing. Also, he‘s got a couple hundred buddies with him. I‘ll catch up with you later, Meg, et al.
I had a tough time getting started with this book, and although it got better there were still things throughout that kept it from being a pick. For example, I was frustrated by some of the abrupt transitions in time & felt these purposely left out details. At times I felt this was to keep it realistic since we never get all the answers in life, but other times I felt it was to keep a feminist focus that detracted from narrative flow.
I really enjoyed this month‘s pick for the @litsybookclub and am looking forward to our discussion (if I can join it).
The author managed to drive the story forward with multiple points of view spanning a 25ish year timespan. After reading a lot of feminist nonfiction, I appreciated to see a lot of these talking points made into a narrative.
I‘m listening to some more of this book while working around the house on this snowy Saturday. It‘s ok, but I‘m not wowed, so I‘m alternating between it and a nonfiction listen.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Eminently quotable (just scroll through its Litsy feed), ultimately satisfying, asks all the right questions & pushes all the right buttons for me. Kaleidoscopic mashup of The Nix, The Marriage Plot, Home Fire, & anything by Tom Perrotta. A story about how life — particularly careers & human connections — tempers our ideals to make them workable. But of course it‘s also very much about navigating & fighting enduring sexist structures.
Although this book has some mixed reviews, I enjoyed it. I thought that Meg Wolitzer really summed up the awkward stage after college when a person is trying to figure out their life and purpose. Her characters had their flaws, but that made them more realistic if not more likeable. This is the first book I‘ve read by Wolitzer and I would like to read more of her books.