The Female Persuasion (Hardcover)

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Boswell is thrilled to present Meg Wolitzer, the acclaimed author of The Interestings, who returns to Milwaukee, this time in conversation with Jane Hamilton, presented a ticketed evening at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, on Monday, April 23, 7:00 pm. Her new novel, The Female Persuasion, is an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be. Tickets are $30, which includes admission and parking, and copy of The Female Persuasion. Visit for tickets. Please note that purchasing a book on this website does not get you admission - you must purchase a ticket. Please also note there is no gift card option for this event, but don't forget that The Female Persuasion makes a great gift.  

— Boswell Book Company

If you have been waiting for a new novel by Meg Wolitzer since The Interestings, your wait is finally over. In this timely new book Wolitzer brings us the story of Greer Kadetsky, an idealistic young college student with big dreams. She’s in a comfortable long term relationship with her boyfriend, Cory, who is attending Princeton. When a tragic family accident brings an end to their plans for the future, Greer must make her own way in the world. She takes a job with her feminist idol, Faith Frank, and her life goes in a completely different path than she had planned. This consuming novel covers the lives of both women, Greer and Faith, as they try to make the world a better place for all women, including themselves.

— Sharon K. Nagel



"Ultra-readable." -Vogue

"Equal parts cotton candy and red meat, in the best way." -People

"Wolitzer's social commentary can be as funny as it is queasily on target." -Wall Street Journal

"Wolitzer is one of those rare writers who creates droll and entertaining novels of ideas." -Fresh Air, NPR

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, 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 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 inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she'd always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It's a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

About the Author

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781594488405
ISBN-10: 1594488401
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 464
Language: English