Book Club - The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Join the Book Club for their October discussion.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 1st

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Home of Rebecca Saltzer '84 - contact Rebecca for details

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

From bestselling author Meg Wolitzer a dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money and even envy can play in close friendships.

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseperable.  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 playng the guitar and becomes an engineer.  But Ethan and Ash, Jules' 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.