Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Interestings

I wanted to share my latest read with you all: Meg Worlitzer's The Interestings. I finished this one shortly before I left for England. It is quite a long book, but got me through many a lazy summer afternoon. (In case you'd like to read it, here is the NYTimes book review.) This story is epic in its scope, starting when the main characters are just teens at a summer camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods and ending when they are middle aged with established careers and marriages and grown children of their own. While I thought that the book might have been edited down just a touch, a few poignant themes made it an enjoyable read. The book thinks about the nature and expression of talent over a life and a career. It also deals heavily with the combined feelings of envy and love that can happen when friends' lives start to go in wildly different directions, the chronic battle between the "haves" and the "have-nots." How do you maintain an honest friendship under such circumstances without being consumed by envy and resentment? From a eccentric group of high schoolers to a circle of adult friends with deep and lasting bonds, The Interestings explores friendships, relationships, love, marriage, child rearing, disappointment, loss, and longing over the course of the lives of its characters. I will certainly be checking out other books by Meg Wolitzer, and I highly recommend this one.

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