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  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784708306
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

The Female Persuasion

From the bestselling author of The Wife and The Interestings comes a warm and immersive novel about ambition, power, women, friendship and finding your place in the world

** Selected by 8 National Newspapers as a Book of the Year **
** The New York Times Bestseller **

‘A page-turner that succeeds both at character and ideas’ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A warm and immersive novel about ambition, power, women, friendship and finding your place in the world, from the bestselling author of The Wife and The Interestings.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college student when she meets the person who will change her life.
Faith Frank, an influential and glamorous figure from the women’s movement, inhabits a very different world to Greer’s. But after a chance encounter Faith singles Greer out and invites her into her life, leading her down a thrilling path as it winds towards and away from her meant-to-be love story with high school sweetheart Cory and the future she had always imagined.

Expansive and wise, compassionate and witty, The Female Persuasion is about the spark we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time.

  • Pub date: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784708306
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Uncoupling (‘tingles with playfulness and wicked observation’ Independent), The Wife (‘has you howling with recognition’ Allison Pearson), The Position (‘one of the best and most human books I’ve read all year’ Erica Wagner) and The Ten-Year Nap (‘as incisive and pitiless and clear-eyed a chronicler of female-male tandems as Philip Roth or John Updike' Chicago Tribune). Most recently, The Interestings was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York City.

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Praise for The Female Persuasion

“The Female Persuasion has gone straight into my library of favourite novels ever, on a shelf next to David Copperfield, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Lonesome Dove, and Love in a Time of Cholera”

Nick Hornby

“'The novel’s timeliness cannot be understated...tight but inclusive, and deserves to be placed on shelves alongside such ornate modern novels beginning in college as A Little Life, The Secret History and The Marriage Plot... But when all is said and done, Wolitzer is an infinitely capable creator of human identities that are as real as the type on this page, and her love of her characters shines more brightly than any agenda”

Lena Dunham, New York Times Book Review

“The Female Persuasion is wonderfully dense and wise, a page-turner that succeeds both at character and ideas. It felt true to life”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Guardian

“Deft and funny…trenchant, clever, displaying a pitch-perfect recollection of the idealism of early adulthood and what life subsequently does to undo it”

Emma Brockes, Guardian

“From the very first page of any novel by Meg Wolitzer, you feel in safe hands. She is skilful and confident…she is exceptionally gifted in the neglected craft of plotting...like a modern-day Edith Wharton, she has an instinctive understanding that tragedy and comedy are different sides of the same coin... How could you fail to love such a writer?”

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

“sympathetically satirises this complicated landscape of contemporary feminism...warm and witty, and necessary...With affection and generosity, Wolitzer exposes the limits of power through a handful of well-meant lives and she leaves us uneasy. The sense that we may have smashed a glass ceiling, but now are standing in the shards, discreetly bleeding”

Eva Wiseman, Observer

“No novelist I can think of has majored on the group portrait with quite such verve, wit and sympathy as Meg Wolitzer”

Ferdinand Mount, Spectator

“Wolitzer is an astute observe of cultural nuance, particularly around gender and inequality”

Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times

“Wolitzer is an irresistibly charming novelist, a keen, affectionate examiner of society”

Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker

“An ambitious overview of the women's movement...her writing is peppered with wit and her send-up of various sacred cows is often funny”

Kate Saunders, The Times

“Ambitious...startlingly perceptive...full of Wolitzer's trademark wit and insight...strong enough to remind us that we can change the world, one woman at a time”

Washington Post

“There’s much more to admire here as the novel ponders friendship, love and parent-child relationships. But in the end, Wolitzer’s real gift to her readers is a story that feels both timeless and very much of the zeitgeist.”

Daily Mail

“The Female Persuasion is…a gripping novel that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page”

Erica Wagner, Harper's Bazaar

“A remarkable study of how feminism has evolved over the last thirty years and what it means to be empowered in the 21st century.”

Hailey Maitland, Vogue

“Clever and entertaining...incisive without being acerbic, Wolitzer’s novel is unpredictably plotted, persuasively observed and often very funny”

Anthony Cummins, Prospect

“Begins with a campus assault and evolves into an exploration of intergenerational feminism, steeped in the cultural conversation of today… A deft portrayal of the complexity of human identity.”

Matthew Janney, Culture Trip

“The textures of the world Wolitzer describes feel satisfyingly right… Wolitzer holds attention with her warm grasp of character and careful, probing working out of personality under the forces of time and trauma’”

Sarah Ditum, New Statesman

“Meg Wolitzer bores into the barbed tangles of contemporary feminism with disarming charm… Captures the ambition and angst of growing up with warmth and wisdom in a book that’s at once searingly intelligent and gloriously light.”

Lucy Brooks, CultureWhisper

“Meg Wolitzer's tale of feminism's generational differences is much richer than mere polemical tract”

Lucy Scholes, Independent

“An effortless read”


“Bustling, large-hearted... The Female Persuasion discusses timely issues of feminism...but does so through fully realised characters”


“it deftly interweaves the political with the personal... clear and smart”

Emma Jacobs, Financial Times

“[Woltizer is] interested in the complexities of being female… This is an unashamedly traditional novel of ideas, not afraid to boldly inhabit the moment we live in”

Claire Allfree, Daily Telegraph

“A significant contribution to Wolitzer’s body of work”

Alex Clark, Guardian

“Wolitzer’s prose is direct and engaging… her characters feel alive and individual”

Josie Mitchell, Literary Review

“My favourite book of the year… Wolitzer deserves more recognition: she is as talented a storyteller as Donna Tartt, as funny as Jonathan Franzen, but she has her own distinct brilliance”

Rebecca Rose, Financial Times, **Books of the Year**

“Wolitzer is an empathy delivery system”

Financial Times, **FT Readers' Books of the Year**

“The end will leave you simmering with impotent rage, which sounds about right for 2018”

Lucy Hunter Johnston, Evening Standard, **Books of the Year**

“There’s lots to enjoy here – the plot is pacy and you’ll come to care and deeply invest in these characters through Wolitzer’s brilliantly sharp prose”

Ella Walker, Herald Scotland

“- Meg Wolitzer captures the zeitgeist like no one else”


“[W]arm and witty, and necessary… With affection and generosity, Wolitzer exposes the limits of power”

Eva Wiseman, Observer

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