Before I start the book review, I want to share a really cool app I found, Oyster. If you haven’t heard of it already, Oyster is like Netflix for books. They have over 200,000 books that you can read for $9.95 a month. They have popular books across all different genres and their team creates curated reading lists. If you end up buying more than one book a month it is worthwhile. It is also worthwhile for the times when you don’t know if you want to pay for a book that you might not enjoy (or worse when you buy a book and don’t want to finish it). The app works on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Unlike getting a book from the library, you don’t have to rent, renew, or return the books. You can rent digital books from many libraries, but this app is a beautiful and unique way to read books. The first month is free if you want to try it!
Summary: “The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules’s now-married best friends, become shockingly successful—true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken. Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.” (Amazon)
My Review: I loved this book. I became invested in all of the characters, in part because I got to learn about them throughout the course of their lifetime, and in part because Meg Wolitzer described each character in such an thorough way that I felt like I knew them. The book spanned forty years and it was interesting to read about the societal changes – especially since a lot of it occurred in and around New York City. One of the biggest themes of the book is envy and how people’s lives change over the years, while they try to keep their friendship the same. I highly recommend this book!
Next Up: I am reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business with the book club at work!
A few other books on my reading list: Where’d You Go Bernadette, Me Before You, and Thrive