I have ordered this book, because like Meg Wolitzer’s latest book “The Female Persuasion” I have been thinking …. deeply …. about this very subject. ” How feminism passes down or not from one generation to the next..
In fact after reading this interview with Ms Wolitzer in the New York Times, the subject matter of her books and areas of interest are definitely worth exploring. Has anyone out there read any of her books. Please share your thoughts in Comments. Here are a few extracts from the interview by Sarah Lyall and the link to the article
“The things Ms. Wolitzer thinks about have grown larger over time, it seems, though her books remain driven by multilayered plots and the intricacies of people’s lives. She writes about mothers and children and work (“The 10-Year Nap”); about women, men, dissatisfaction and desire (“The Uncoupling”); about what happens when close friends’ lives converge, and diverge, over time (“The Interestings”). And at a time when our attention is so easily splintered, she writes big, substantial, old-fashioned books that allow her characters room to breathe, change and grow into adulthood and beyond.
“It’s like that commercial, ‘We will serve no wine before its time.’ I don’t want to rush out a book,” she explained.”
Meg Wolitzer’s new novel, “The Female Persuasion,” seems uncannily timely, a prescient marriage of subject and moment that addresses a great question of the day: how feminism passes down, or not, from one generation to the next.
But Ms. Wolitzer, who is 58, wanted less to write some sort of State of Feminism novel than to explore ideas that have been marinating in her head for a long time.
Ms. Wolitzer began “The Female Persuasion” three years ago. It was a slower time, before #MeToo and the exhilarating, bewildering avalanche of developments in the feminist movement.
“It’s a moment where everything’s just being shaken up, realigning and changing really fast, like in a snow globe,” she said. “There’s such heat around everything, and it’s really hard, at least for me personally, to work in that kind of state.”
She continued: “But as a novelist, I feel lucky that I can traffic in nuance. I’m more interested in looking at how things change over time, at how people try and sometimes fail to make meaning out of their lives.”
Do not rush her. “In this moment of the hot take, I’m the master of the warm take,”
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