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A sharp, funny, unexpected and compellingly readable novel about the effects of the sexual revolution on one family.

'The book was called Pleasuring: One Couple's Journey to Fulfillment. The title, when the children had first heard it and begun to understand it, was so incontestably mortifying that it threatened to stunt them forever, leaving them clocked in time and steadfast refusal to enter the adult world.'
This is more or less what happens to Holly and Michael, Dashiell and Claudia, after they read the seminal book which their liberal parents Paul and Roz Mellow have written, a book that features tasteful pastel illustrations of their parents' lovemaking - and which has become a runaway bestseller. Thirty years later, when the children who have grown up in the shadow of these erotically charged parents are adults, and it looks as though the book may be reissued, we catch up individually with their conflicted, complicated 21st-century lives and those of the iconic couple whose marriage has not run as smoothly as it seemed set to do. The Jane Austen of sexual politics, with crackling intelligence, humour and a signature hint of suppressed rage, Meg Wolitzer takes us into the heart of a family that is dysfunctional in its very own way but heartbreakingly familiar.

Reviews

Meg Wolitzer is so funny and clever she should be bottled and sold as a tonic

Allison Pearson

It's funny, wise and full of the richness and sadness of family life...this is one of the best and most human books I've read all year

Erica Wagner, The Times

Her writing is sympathetic, measured, gently ironic...an entertaining and persuasive novel about a family and its inevitable diffusion

Victoria Lane, Daily Telegraph

Meg Wolitzer is a fine, funny and wise writer

Charlie Lee-Potter, Independent on Sunday

Funny, moving and wise, The Position is a joy to read

Clare Colvin, Daily Mail

what sets and keeps you reading is not the high concept about the sex book but the beautifully developed deeper story of what parents owe children...The tone is one of nuanced insight and observation, both sympathetic and worldly

Anne Shapiro, Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099485056

    October 2, 2006

    Vintage

    320 pages

    RRP $19.99

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