The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

The Female Persuasion

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. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer--madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place--feels her i...


Details The Female Persuasion

TitleThe Female Persuasion
ISBN9781594488405
Author
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Feminism, Literary Fiction, Contemporary
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Reviews The Female Persuasion

  • Emily May
    2018-01-10
    The Female Persuasion is a novel with little story and a lot of ideas, none of them particularly new ones. It stands out for being an overview of the white feminist experience during the nineties and early 21st century. Because, though it may feel like one must, I actually don't think a book like this existed before. Or, at least, not in mainstream literature. So I can see some value in it, but I just didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as I ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    2017-10-24
    I have read a lot of books recently that concern themselves chiefly with the experience of being a woman in the modern world. While THE FEMALE PERSUASION seems to be about this as well, I'm also not quite sure what it's about exactly. I can tell you what all the pieces are--the complexity of female friendship, the joy and danger of female mentorship, what it means to do good--and yet I didn't finish this book feeling like I'd seen any new insight...
  • Elyse
    2018-04-23
    Audiobook ....read by Rebecca Lowman.....[ one of my very favorite voice narrators]The Audiobook is over 14 hours long - but the more we get to know Greer Kadetsky and Faith Frank....Cory and Zee.....the more I wanted to continue hanging out for this party ride. About half way into it - I learned that Nicole Kidman was going to be playing Faith Frank, and I couldn’t help but begin visualizing her in the role. I think she will be great. There wa...
  • Esil
    2018-04-08
    4 idiosyncratic enthusiastic stars!The Female Persuasion is one of those novels that felt flawed, but that I still really enjoyed reading. This is the third novel I’ve read by Meg Wolitzer. She writes dense stories. She portrays characters that are not particularly likeable or sympathetic. She engages with complicated contemporary political and social issues. It doesn’t all come together perfectly, but I always feel like she gives me a lot of...
  • Carol
    2018-05-05
    Hmmmmmm........had to digest this Barnes & Noble inaugural bookclub pick for a bit; had my ups and downs with it to be honest.While THE FEMALE PERSUASION alternates between the lives of four characters, the main focus is on a young adult, Greer about to graduate high school, her relationship with her boyfriend, lesbian best friend, unusual parents and an older woman who turns out to be her mentor.For me, the best and most significant story belong...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    2018-04-28
    I doubted I'd ever be someone who had "favorite authors," but this settles it. Meg Wolitzer is at the top of that list.
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-05-21
    The Female Persuasion is a novel about women, sisterhood, family, ambition, and ideals. More than a book it is also a depiction of what feminism means, what it was like decades ago and how it has evolved. Of course, we learn this from the point of view of the characters limited by their circumstances. The story is narrated from different points of view but the character we spent the most time with is Greer Kadetsky. We follow her beginnings as a ...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    2018-03-06
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded upThe Female Persuasion is my first book by Meg Wolitzer but it will definitely not be my last! Even though it wasn't what I expected I really enjoyed it. The Female Persuasion focuses mostly on a woman named Greer who we are introduced to while she is going to college at Ryland, a college in Connecticut. We follow her through her life until she is middle-aged, while also skipping around to other characters like her c...
  • Susan Merrell
    2017-09-27
    I was lucky to have an early read of this funny, important and intelligent novel about what it means to be a human of the female persuasion in our complicated world. The characters here are compelling, their struggles are real, and Wolitzer's fundamental love of them is always in evidence. This novel manages to cover some of the most important issues of our day in all their complexity without ever sacrificing story--masterful and entertaining at ...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    2018-05-18
    I was mildly disappointed by this book. Most probably because I had sky-high expectations after having read and loved Meg Wolitzer’s “The Interestings”. “The Female Persuasion” is most of all a character-driven book about feminism in our modern world. Greer is our protagonist, but we get to know other people who influence her view on life and women’s rights: Zee, her college friend, Cole her boyfriend, and last but not least Faith Fra...
  • Lisa
    2018-04-30
    A satisfying novel of a young woman trying to figure out who she is, and who she is supposed to be in the world. SUMMARYGreer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman at Ryland College. She’s there because her parents could not fill out the financial aid forms that would have yielded her entry into Yale. This isn’t where she wanted to be. While at Ryland, she meets Faith Frank for the first time. Faith, 63, is a feminist icon and has been a central...
  • Michael
    2018-04-03
    Simply put: it's a boring book. No real human insights beyond the lightly refreshing sparkling zinfandel struggles of rich white people. Cory was the only character that faced real problems and his story is totally sidelined, for the way-too-convenient success story of a young woman who's life falls into fantastically perfect place due to no real effort of her own.Dues ex machina all over the place. Reads like a dense literary Disney story. Suffe...
  • Jessica
    2017-12-03
    DAMMIT. As if I needed another reason to obsess over the state of the world, feminism, grief, etc, here comes this book and makes me sit and THINK about everything instead of happily escaping into the void of cute dog videos.
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    2018-05-02
    This book is a beast, in that the hardcover is 454 pages. I started this book on a Sunday in the hopes of finishing by Wednesday, May 2nd to make the Barnes & Noble Inaugural Book Club Night (on said book). I did it but it was no small feat! Lots of late night reading and carrying the book with me everywhere and reading while waiting on line, or while walking to the subway, or whenever I had a free moment. But, you don’t care about that. You wa...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    2018-05-02
    3 Stars!This may be an unpopular opinion but I had some issues with this book. I ended up reading it because of the hype. This was also the Barnes and Noble Pick for their book club so I really read it for that.The book has so many points of view I'm not even sure where to start. We meet Greer in the beginning: she's a scholastic girl who likes to read a lot of books and definitely different from her parents who do odd jobs and don't even make di...
  • Shigufa Saleheen
    2018-03-20
    *light spoilers* Today, it was my mission to get through the 464 pages of Female Persuasion because I really wanted to know if this book lives up to the hype! It just got picked for B&N's inaugural book club pick AND the story starts with an excerpt on the first page about being 'the next Great American Novel'. So I threw myself into the story-- and honestly, for the early half of the book, I was super with it! I quickly saw myself in young Greer...
  • Maddie
    2018-04-11
    Truly hated the way this woman writes but I had to read this for work. I was told this book was relevant to the me too movement but it doesn't really seem that way. Blegh. If you're looking for a better feminist read that will actually get you thinking read The Power by Naomi Alderman.
  • Jai
    2018-04-10
    A book about ideas that is too afraid to pursue those ideas or a book about characters without interesting characters. The Female Persuasion takes the promising premise of looking at the relationship between a prominent second-wave feminist and her guidance of a younger woman coming into her own in modern times. However, the book never really pins down what it wants to say. Feminism is the large topic hanging over all proceedings of this novel, b...
  • Roman Clodia
    2018-06-14
    It pains me to say this, but for a book purporting to be about contemporary feminism this feels superficial, undercooked and really quite boring. The plot meanders around without ever reaching cruising speed, and switches around between characters in almost random fashion. Important issues about rape/sexual violence, porn, misogyny, gender pay-gap, reproductive rights, what it means to be a political activist are all ticked off as present and cor...
  • Emily
    2018-03-20
    I read this book because Meg Wolitzer came to our feminist book club at Goodreads; it was such a unique experience to have the author participate in a book club meeting about their own book! This was my first novel by this author, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Although the story went off on a lot of tangents-- some more enjoyable and impactful than others-- the book explored the interesting and important themes of friendship, self...
  • Jillian Doherty
    2017-06-20
    This delicious and compulsive read that feels like your first high school infatuation~ Remember when you first love - romantic or respect - which you knew so intimately; better than they understood themselves? That's what this book gives you - its exposed and unrelenting honest portrayal of its characters. I couldn't put it down, and only was sad when it ended because I enjoyed the read beyond wanting a to see it all nicely tied up in the ending....
  • Eilonwy
    2018-05-05
    2-1/2 stars, rounded up because the writing appealed to me all right (but doesn't make up for the lack of actual story). Sigh. It's not good when my final opinion of a book is, "Thank goodness I'm done with that!" I read a glowing review for this in the Boston Globe which made me put an immediate hold on it at the library. And that review must have had the same effect on many other people, because I was number 200-something in line. Well, I hope ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    2018-04-17
    This deeply layered book explores the relationship between a young woman, her older female mentor and other important people in her life from college through her early 30s.Greer encounters feminist icon Faith Frank at an event her freshman year of college. Shy and directionless, yet craving a sense of purpose, she’s drawn to Faith’s energy and ultimately winds up working for her after college.The organization where Greer and Faith work, funde...
  • Tammy
    2018-05-03
    I picked this up thanks to hype, the Barnes and Noble Book Club AND the fact Nicole Kidman is playing Faith Frank in the movie. Got to love that! An overall fun read. The story started out slow-paced for me so I was pleasantly surprised that I really loved this once I got into it. It’s portrayal of sisterhood and a 90’s-21st century 2nd wave feminist movement was very interesting. Main characters Greer, Cory, and Zee on finding their own indi...
  • Barbara
    2018-05-14
    4.5 Stars: “The Female Persuasion” by Meg Wolitzer is a timely novel given the “Me Too” movement. The novel addresses feminism, highlighting the generational differences that women have dealt with and become involved in feministic issues. One reoccurring issue is dealing with sexual assaults and misconducts. The story opens with one of the main characters, Greer Kadetsky, getting groped at a Frat party at her university. Greer doesn’t k...
  • Kate Olson
    2018-04-18
    (AUDIOBOOK) You know how sometimes a book is SO hyped that it’s almost unfair to the actual story? Personally, I know that hype can set me up for unrealistic expectations that no book can live up to. •In the case of THE FEMALE PERSUASION, I’m happy to say that some of the hype was warranted......as in, I listened to the audio version of the book and was thoroughly entertained and invested throughout the entire LONG story. The narration was ...
  • Ellen
    2017-11-03
    SO excited to get my hands on Advance Uncorrected Proofs of The Female Persuasion six months before its publication date—thank you, Goodreads insider SS ;)—and this is by far my favorite Meg Wolitzer novel. I typically race through her books, enjoying the characters and curious to know what will happen next; however, I end up rating most just 3 stars (“good”, not “great”). TFP is a solid 4, and is particularly relevant to the current ...
  • Lydia
    2017-09-04
    🙏🏻💓✨ every Meg Wolitzer book is a gift, and this may be my favorite yet. Incredibly timely, important, and exquisitely written. Add to your wish list now and tell all your friends, as you're going to want to talk about it with everyone you know
  • Holly
    2017-10-07
    A masterpiece. I loved this book for the characters and the issues and ideas explored. It's beautifully written and a work of true importance.