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
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreFiction, Feminism, Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

Reviews The Female Persuasion

  • Emily May
    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 20th 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
    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
    Audiobook 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
    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...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    I doubted I'd ever be someone who had "favorite authors," but this settles it. Meg Wolitzer is at the top of that list.
  • Susan Merrell
    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 ...
  • Jessica
    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.
  • Michael
    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...
  • Jillian Doherty
    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....
  • Emily
    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...
  • Shigufa Saleheen
    *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
    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
    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...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    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...
  • Ellen
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    Look, this book has minor flaws, but it's Wolitzer at top form. Everyone's going to be obsessed with it this spring, with reason. She's what Franzen wants to be imho: a detailed, provocative chronicler of the Way We Live Now. Enjoy it. Debate it. Relish it.
  • Lydia
    🙏🏻💓✨ 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
    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.
  • Kate Olson
    (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 in, I listened to the audio version of the book and was thoroughly entertained and invested throughout the entire LONG story. The narration was ...
  • Dominique
    My review: novel! Interestingly enough, the protagonist didn't do it for me (at all) in this book, and I was more fascinated by the ancillary characters. I found Greer to be one-dimensional and even her arc was lackluster. Everything fit, but there was no joie de vivre. I think there were a few missed opportunities for more inclusivity/intersectionality, and often the moments that tried to reflect this seemed tac...
  • Jan
    Such an enjoyable read. Smooth writing, an interesting set of multigenerational characters, wise observations and the occasional LOL turn of phrase. Plus Wolitzer brings the story up to the current presidency, and that short chapter felt like such a gift.
  • Mimi
    The big long story of women pouring what they had into one another. A reflex, maybe, or sometimes an obligation; but always a necessity.My nerdiness followed me through college, sealed by big glasses (no, not the sexy kind) and punctuated by metal braces with multicolored bands (if possible, even less sexy). These characters' evolutions from their own awkward moments brought it all back. I read this book on two levels. One was the narrative of th...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    I loved this. Sure it has its flaws but damn it’s a great read. I wanted a rich white lady feminism takedown and Wolitzer gave it to me, though gentler than I anticipated. At a sentence level, there are some complete stunners. I think this might be Wolitzer’s best book.
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    While this didn't pack the same punch for me as The Interestings (not sure anything ever will, as it's a forever favorite of mine), I still really enjoyed this and I'm glad I read it!
  • Melinda
    I'm not sure what it says that the character I found most interesting in this book about feminism and "being a woman today" was the dude.
  • SibylM
    I started hearing a lot of buzz about this book in late 2017, and even though I am normally a patient person, I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC and read it ASAP. To the author and publisher: I promise I will buy multiple legitimate copies of this work as gifts when it is officially for sale.This book is my first five-star read of the year. It is beautifully written and treats its characters and themes with perception and kindness, although a...
  • Lisa
    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...
  • Gail
    I loved "The Interestings" with a passion that kept me up all night reading it, so I was eager to get my hands on Meg Wolitzer's latest work, given she's one of my favorite authors. Thanks to a gracious friend, I received an ARC and was able to read "The Female Persuasion" ahead of its April release.What I love so much about Wolitzer's writing is how fully she immerses you in the world of her characters. In this case, I was fully committed to "Pe...
  • Gb
    I am increasingly tired of reading books that are written purely to take advantage of a moment, a special interest, a trend. I'm not making a case for the need for 'originality', whatever that may be nowadays, just that authors stop jumping on bandwagons.
  • KC
    College freshman, Greer Kadetsky accompanies her best friend Zee to a feminist rally where she has her first encounter with Faith Frank, a pioneer within the women's movement. After hearing Frank's speech and personally meeting her, Greer finds herself reevaluating her life. After graduation and returning home, Greer reviews the tremendous pull Faith had on her years prior and decides to write her a letter with hopes of working for her. The narra...