A well-turned novel follows a group of friends from teenagehood to middle age and satirises the American religion of self-creationThe Interestings is the US novelist Meg Wolitzer’s 10th book, a long novel concerning the unfolding fates of a group of friends from teenagehood to middle age. Its narrative principles might perhaps be described as old-fashioned in that their aim is to tell the story – in a manner that confers a beneficent kind of coherence on the business of living – of several people over a considerable number of years; people who, moreover, are bound voluntarily by friendship rather than forcibly by blood. This is the kind of American novel that sees the world through a wide-angle lens, and try as it might to incorporate tragedy, it is essentially a cheerful enterprise with a guaranteed entertainment value. Wolitzer is a writer of prodigious energy and detail, with the knack for comic-satirical perceptions of character and culture that powers other long-running American narratives and perhaps finds its best expression in the numberless TV series that have become an imported staple of our own culture too, whose black wit is forever counterpoised against their ebullience and inexhaustibility.And indeed, the creation of one …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books