The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer
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Featured on The Thread: Meg Wolitzer asks the big questions in '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 60 and a central pillar of the women's movement for decades, is a figure who inspires others to change the world and make the most of themselves. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer - madly in love with her devoted boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place - is awestruck.
As Faith leads Greer down the most purposeful path of her life - and as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and interferes with her postcollege bond with her female best friend - Greer must question whether her idolatry is founded. Where is the line between the personal and the public? Where does Faith end, and where does Greer begin?
Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer returns with a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the spark 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.