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The Female Persuasion" is the kind of novel that, once you pick it up, becomes nearly impossible to put down. No one writes thoughtful, literary, big-hearted epics quite like Meg Wolitzer does. It's the kind of book that spans decades and weaves through characters and bounces from city to city and yet, at the end of it all, leaves you feeling both a bone-deep sense of intimacy and pondering big questions about the world at large, about feminism and love and friendship and purpose and grief, how to grow and change and be a women—flawed and strong and weak and wrong and alive in a world so hostile to you. Wolitzer's novel is, as her young narrator Greer says, "a big, long story of women pouring what they had into one another," and I cannot think of a more appropriate and necessary time for it. - Lauren
This is truly an innovative look at a classic love story. The main characters (Claude and Suzanne) of this book were historically way ahead of their time. They were gender fluid pre-WWII!! As far as the secondary characters go, I kept looking up to find more information on these movers and shakers of the European art scene. But the thing that kept me coming back was the love story. It was so inspiring to see love conquer so many battles. This is a book that I will be reading again! - Shane
Totally disgraced, middle-aged, self-absorbed hedge fund manager abandons his family and takes a Greyhound bus cross-country in search of his college sweetheart during the 2016 election? Ridiculously funny. And per usual, Shteyngart has his thumb on often ludicrous and always true pulse of our times. - randy