I brought a bunch of books home last week to read over Thanksgiving weekend, including The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer! I am fairly certain I heard something about it either from the BookRiot podcast or Reading the End; either way, I wanted to read it and so far (19 pages in) it is very good.
Here is what it’s about:
The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. 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 playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules’s 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.
A blurb compared it to Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, which is one of my favorites. I have high hopes!
And now for the Exciting News!
- I have successfully (after many speedbumps which gave me headaches) moved my blog from one host to a substantially cheaper one. Cheaper in price, hopefully not quality.
- I have also switched the theme to a slightly different one that is just a little bit more fancy. I can’t get the blockquote to work like it did before, but I’m working on it.
- I think everything is working now, including comments? Please test stuff out and let me know if something’s broken; if you can’t comment you can always reach me on Twitter. Thanks!
- I am going to apply for library school! Unless I get scared off and decide not to. In the mornings I am optimistic and excited about grad school. In the evenings I want to hide under my covers and not even think about it. I’ve been Googling like crazy for the last week or so. Scholarships! Internships! etc.! At least I already have a job IN a library, which apparently is a very good thing.
- I got approved for some books on NetGalley, including Jo Walton’s newest, The Just City. Yay!
- Scribd is having a 50% off sale for subscriptions TODAY ONLY! I ended up splurging on a year’s subscription. It’s a very good deal!
Do you have any exciting news? Share it in the comments!