The Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion

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Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. At its heart, this is a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781594488405
Characteristics: 456 pages ;,24 cm.

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WiebeSandra
Aug 14, 2018

This is not in reference to business.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 05, 2018

"Women, women, women, all of them sitting patiently in their vulnerability and vanity, sitting there as women did."
Although the Brooklyn-born Meg Wolitzer has been publishing novels since the 80s, it was 2013's "The Interestings" that brought her to a wider audience. Her most recent novel, "The Female Persuasion" is firmly of the moment, as we're riding a wave of women novelists with a feminist bent. She's a little older than writers of books like "Asymmetry" and "Conversations with Friends," two name two recent books from a critical female perspective. The story is driven by two feminists of different generations: the older, iconic Faith Frank (Who seems to be at least a little bit based on Gloria Steinem.) and the younger, more idealistic Greer Kadetsky, who hears an inspiring talk by Frank at her college and goes to work for her. The clash between generations of feminists and the compromises that many are forced to make is a fruitful and poignant theme and Wolitzer treats it and her characters with compassion, nuance, and wit. A great book.

TechLibrarian Aug 03, 2018

This book has been recommended to me several times, and I do love the cover! But reading another person's review just now is what's convinced me to give this a go. I've just added it to my For Later shelf - a pretty handy feature of our catalogue, especially for those of us whose reading stacks get out of hand . . .

liljables Jul 23, 2018

I enjoyed Wolitzer's last adult novel, The Interestings, but I didn't loooove it, so I picked this one up with some trepidation, and I was pleasantly surprised. Much like The Interestings, The Female Persuasion is very much character driven, but I connected more immediately with the "cast" of the latter novel. (It doesn't hurt that Greer is my exact age and we have very similar sensibilities.)

Wolitzer reminds the reader that we can still learn a lot from previous generations of feminists while picking up the loose threads left hanging by earlier "versions" of the movement (race, class, and sexual orientation come to mind). The Female Persuasion is very much a portrait of a white, straight, middle-class feminist, of whom we have a surplus in popular culture; the difference here is that Greer is continually aware of her privilege and works that much harder to support other women because of it.

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KatG1983
Jun 15, 2018

Much like the commenter below, I had trouble immersing myself in this book. It took me about 75/100 pages to really feel connected to the characters. That being said, once I had eased in, I really enjoyed it. The books is about so many things - family, friendships, feminism ... and mostly, how our actions can affect others, spinning their lives off into a different direction. I appreciated that the author wrote from the perspectives of a variety of characters, allowing you to understand even those we would see as an antagonist.

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feralranger
Jun 14, 2018

I was having trouble getting into this book but then I realized something about it that was getting in the way of my enjoying it. I kept thinking it was supposed to be about the new wave of feminism, the me too movement. When I let that idea go I realized it was a very well written human interest story about finding out what we may really want out of life. And how sometimes circumstances in life make that decision for us.
The author Meg Wolitzer can write the heck out of words. She has a talent for creating convincing characters with all the flaws and strengths we all possess.

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Squid_1
Jun 10, 2018

Dry like a cracker. Too artsy fartsy.

DBRL_ReginaF May 23, 2018

It was an OK story but if feels as if it's only there to plug in every type of feminist and anti-feminist, which she manages to do quite well.

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KSpaulding
May 23, 2018

The personal is made political for college student Greer Kadetsky one night when she stands up to ask a question, to make her voice heard, to join the fight for fairness and equality. Encouraged by her idol to pursue a life defending these principles, Greer discovers the difficulties and compromises required of even the most dedicated idealist. Wolitzer’s novel presents sympathetic and all-too-human characters battling to do the best they can while staying true to themselves and to those they love.

JCLOctavia May 21, 2018

Just a normal story or a normal female and how she found her outside voice. It was okay storytelling but a boring story.

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