The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

The Female Persuasion

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, comes an electric novel not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.To be admired by someone we admire—we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change ...

Details The Female Persuasion

TitleThe Female Persuasion
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreFiction, Feminism, Contemporary, Audiobook, Literary Fiction

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 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
    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...
  • Miranda Reads
    Psst. A new video is up - all about the bad books I've read this year! Now that you know that this one is on it, check out the Worst Books of 2019 video to see what other ones made the cut! The Actual Review I think there are two kinds of feminists. The famous ones, and everyone else. Everyone else, all the people who just quietly go and do what theyre supposed to do, and dont get a lot of credit for it, and dont have someone out there every da...
  • Elyse Walters
    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 couldnt help but begin visualizing her in the role. I think she will be great. There was s...
  • 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 Ive 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 doesnt all come together perfectly, but I always feel like she gives me a lot of food ...
  • 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...
  • Olive
    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
    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...
  • Roman Clodia
    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...
  • 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...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    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 ...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    I was mildly disappointed by this book. Most probably because I had sky-high expectations after having read and loved Meg Wolitzers 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 womens rights: Zee, her college friend, Cole her boyfriend, and last but not least Faith Frank (what a great n...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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
    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 ...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    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...
  • Marchpane
    The Female Persuasion has all the right ingredients, but manages to be both underbaked and 100 pages too long. I'm glad I read it and grateful to my book club for selecting it, even though this novel ultimately didn't quite satisfy.Its subject - the evolution and commercialisation of the feminist movement over the past 50 years - is delivered through the story of two women, one a Boomer and the other a Millennial. Most descriptions (including th...
  • 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.
  • 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. Shes there because her parents could not fill out the financial aid forms that would have yielded her entry into Yale. This isnt 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 playe...
  • Shigufa
    *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...
  • Thomas
    A peculiar novel about Greer Kadetsky, a freshman in college who meets a feminist icon, Faith Frank, who changes the direction of Greer's life in ways she could never expect. Before meeting Faith, Greer had a long-term boyfriend, Cory, and a persistent discontentment with her parents and the non-Ivy-League liberal arts college she attends. However, when Greer's friend Zee informs Greer about Faith Frank's status as a feminist icon and her speakin...
  • Madi
    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.
  • Bianca
    3.5 starsThe Female Persuasion was a decent book. It failed to make a strong impression on me, despite its main theme - feminism through the eyes of the older and the younger generation.Faith Frank is the distinguished, feminist figure who's in her sixties. Hearing her speak at university left a strong impression on young Greer Kadetsky.After finishing college, Greer ends up working for the new foundation Faith Frank had started with the help of ...
  • Christine Boyer
    Oh my. Just closed this book and I'm reminded of one thing: "bestseller" does not equate to "good book". I'm so irritated about this boring, predictable and tedious book right now that I should wait before I write this review. However, I don't want to think about it any more so I'm going to keep this a short and sweet as possible.From a literary perspective - good god. Nothing, nothing original, clever, witty, or profound written on these pages. ...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    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 dont care about that. You want ...
  • Caroline
    ***NO SPOILERS***The complicated and emotionally fraught topic of feminism is the theme of Wolitzers newest novel, The Female Persuasion. She did this deftly, making what can be an abstract concept concrete via two main characters. These are a college graduate, a Millennial who represents postmodern feminism; and a Baby Boomer--famous, well respected, and reminiscent of the pioneering Susan Brownmiller. Other prominent characters round out the st...
  • Julie Christine
    I read doorstop-sized The Female Persuasion over a weekend, which is a testament to Meg Wolitzer's warm and friendly, piquant and witty writing style. She's not Margaret, after allcerebral and aloofor Meghanadorable and alluringshe's comfortably Meg, and her books have always sort of met me right where I am in my intellectual and social progression. I just looked it up: she's ten years older, so you know, in older sister or boss/mentor territory,...
  • Eli
    While I really liked the thoughts in this book I didn't really get what the author wanted to say? The plot was all over the place but I enjoyed it nevertheless sooooI guess I liked it and I guess this is 3 stars worth
  • Darinda
    Greer is a college freshman when she meets Faith Frank. Faith is in her sixties and has been involved with the women's movement for many years. Faith is encouraging to Greer, and even hires her later on in the story. This book follows Greer's journey through college and young adulthood, where she explores her relationships and ambitions.Told using multiple points of view, but most of the story is from Greer's POV. At the start of the novel, Greer...
  • mindful.librarian ☀️
    (AUDIOBOOK) You know how sometimes a book is SO hyped that its 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, Im 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 excellent...