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A heartbreaking, panoramic tragicomedy and a big American novel from bestseller Meg Wolitzer

Whatever became of the most talented people you once knew?


On a warm summer night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting.

Decades later, aspiring actress Jules has resigned herself to a more practical occupation; Cathy has stopped dancing; Jonah has laid down his guitar and Goodman has disappeared. Only Ethan and Ash, now married, have remained true to their adolescent dreams and have become shockingly successful too. As the group’s fortunes tilt precipitously, their friendships are put under the ultimate strain of envy and crushing disappointment.


‘The wit, intelligence and deep feeling of Wolitzer’s writing are extraordinary and The Interestings brings her achievement, already so steadfast and remarkable, to an even higher level’ Jeffrey Eugenides

Reviews

This is a wonderful book. Intelligent and subtle, it is exquisitely written with enormous warmth and depth of emotion… But what makes The Interestings exceptional is the precision and elegance of Wolitzer’s writing… This should be the novel to make Wolitzer a household name here too

Kate Mosse, The Times

Wolitzer is a writer of prodigious energy and detail, with the knack for comic-satirical perceptions of character and culture

Rachel Cusk, Guardian

A complex, cleverly interwoven analysis of the moment when the lives of six friends begin to unravel’

Viv Groskop, Observer

Wolitzer has a knack for homing in on the kind of pretension-puncturing details that can sum up a minor character in a single sentence

Hepzibah Anderson, Daily Mail

Meg Wolitzer writes fluently about the American Dream and whether you should surrender your goals to reality in this wonderful novel

Stylist

I love Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings because it’s sprawling and beautifully written and it opens at a summer camp. It’s a truly great novel about friendship, and how it deepens and changes over the years

David Sedaris, Conde Nast Traveller

A breakout book

Allison Pearson

If you enjoy the introspective aspects of Virginia Woolf or the American modernity of Jennifer Egan, you’ll love this sweeping, tragicomic novel of ideas

Psychologies

One of those generation-defining America novels that tackles big historical issues

Marie Claire

Full of wit

Emerald Street

The wit, intelligence and deep feeling of Wolitzer’s writing are extraordinary and The Interestings brings her achievement, already so steadfast and remarkable, to an even higher level

Jeffrey Eugenides

The wit, intelligence and deep feeling of Wolitzer’s writing are extraordinary and The Interestings brings her achievement, already so steadfast and remarkable, to an even higher level

Jeffrey Eugenides

A wonderful novel, written with warmth and depth of emotion

Kate Mosse, The Times

This is an exhilarating, aerobatic, addictive novel

Claire Lowdon, Sunday Times

Meg Wolitzer’s best novel yet

William Leith, Evening Standard

The dreamy, criss-crossing narrative proves Wolitzer one of America’s most ingenious and important writers

Sunday Telegraph

An engrossing look at life’s twists and turns

Woman's Weekly

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099584094

    April 1, 2014

    Vintage

    480 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448162260

    August 8, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    480 pages

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