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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natcin7
Feb 11, 2019

After having read " The Wife" I was looking forward to reading Ms. Wolitzer's latest novel. It was such a disappointment. Much too long and boring with multiple characters not fully developed. When we first meet Greer and her boyfriend, Cory, they are high school sweethearts. I was hoping that the novel would develop as a coming of age story of a young woman as she goes through high school and college and tries to forge a personal life and meaningful career after graduation. Instead, "The Female Persuasion" is nothing more than a feminist manifesto.

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uncommonreader
Jan 26, 2019

This novel raises several questions about the feminist movement. For example, the older feminist, once righteous, accepts corporate sponsorship and turns a blind eye to fraud to not endanger the funding of her foundation. Is Wolitzer saying that compromise is inevitable? The book also asks why, after the decades of dedication and struggles of second wave feminists, Trump was elected. Is it because these decades of change entailed no structural change? Is Wolitzer saying that the hope for change lies in the family in her description of the role played by Cory in his family? The best of the book is the satire of middle-class "feminists" attending seminars but in the end, the focus of the book is itself white and middle-class.

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brangwinn
Oct 26, 2018

As the ME TOO movement continues to make news, this book is a great example of female strength and determination. Well deserving of the praise it has gotten, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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Colleenita
Sep 28, 2018

Not a bad read but too long. Quite disappointing mix of commercial fiction, personal development and social issues focus. Too wordy, too much description, conventional ideas and writing.

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Sfortman
Sep 01, 2018

Would recommend to a woman just graduating from college to follow her dreams

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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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