Review: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The InterestingsThe Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I could not put this book down! But first, a description: this is a combo of an Americanized-70's New York version of Brideshead Revisited, the New York version of Tales of the City, and a more fictionally fleshed out version of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.

Suburban Jules meets a band of glamorous New York teenagers at an arts camp in 1970 something. They christen themselves "The Interestings" and spend the rest of their lives orbiting around the charismatic Wolf family. I classify this as historical fiction because New York in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s is a major character.

Read this if you like book long on plot and short on description. The pacing is fast and the plot works hard to resolve itself in a dramatic and satisfying way. At the end you'll feel like you watched an HBO miniseries--and as a matter of fact, this would make a great one.

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