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The Interestings (Paperback, Reprint)

| Riverhead Books | 3/25/2014

ISBN-10 : 1594632340   ISBN-13 : 9781594632341   List Price : $17.00

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Overview

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.

Nach dem Tod ihres Vaters will Julie Jacobson nur noch eins: raus aus der Tristesse ihres provinziellen Zuhauses. Das Sommercamp an der Ostkuste eroffnet ihr eine neue Welt. Eine Welt der Kunst, Kreativitat und Freiheit, verkorpert durch die interessantesten Menschen, denen sie je begegnet ist: Ethan, Jonah, Cathy, Ash und Goodman, funf junge New Yorker, die Julie ihrer Schlagfertigkeit und ihres schwarzen Humors wegen in ihre privilegierte Clique aufnehmen. Die Jahre und Jahrzehnte vergehen, aber nicht jeder der "Interessanten", wie sie sich selbst halb ironisch nennen, kann aus seinen Begabungen das machen, was er sich als Jugendlicher ertraumte. Was bestimmt das Leben Talent, Gluck oder das Resultat der eigenen Entschlossenheit? Meg Wolitzer zeigt an ihren Figuren die Tragik und Komik des Daseins und erzahlt davon, wie es sich anfuhlt, wenn man plotzlich versteht vielleicht zu spat , wer man einmal war und wer man geworden ist. Die Interessanten ist ein großer Gesellschafts- und Ideenroman uber das Wesen der Kunst und der Freundschaft vor dem Panorama der USA in den letzten vierzig Jahren.

"Remarkable . . . With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself."-The New York Times Book Review "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 New York Times-bestselling novel by Meg Wolitzer that has been called "genius" (The Chicago Tribune), "wonderful" (Vanity Fair), "ambitious" (San Francisco Chronicle), and a "page-turner" (Cosmopolitan), which The New York Times Book Review says is "among the ranks of books like Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot." 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.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 1594632340
  • ISBN-13: 9781594632341
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 538
  • Dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.00 (d)
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