Author of The Interestings and The Ten-Year Nap
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About Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of the adult novels The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, This is My Life, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, a novel about Scrabble for middle-grade readers, as well as the young adult novel, Belzhar. Her short fiction has been published in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.
Wolitzer often writes about the challenges facing aspiring artists and American gender politics through the decades. In her engaging lectures, she draws from the themes of her books, adding entertaining anecdotes and thoughtful insights into her craft and journey as a writer.
A faculty member of the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton, Wolitzer was also a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier program at Princeton University in September 2013. She lives in New York City with her family.
Gender, Craft, and the Life of a Writer
A discussion about gender politics in literary fiction and how female writers deal with themes of motherhood, sexuality, and aging in their work. Wolitzer talks about living the life of an artist and the power that writers have when they write about their interests, as opposed to writing to be seen a certain way.
Switching Hats: Writing for Adults and Young Readers
A talk about what it takes for a novelist to write for an adult audience and then turn around and also write for children and teenagers. Are the requirements for one's voice different? Are the rules different? Wolitzer also discusses her own writing career, including growing up as a reader and becoming a young writer who published her first novel when she was just out of college.
Why Are You Telling Me This? A Discussion About the Craft of Novels
Wolitzer talks about what makes some novels feel urgent and true, and what fiction can do for readers in what often feels like a "non-fiction" world. The discussion will touch on character and theme, as well as Wolitzer's own changing ideas about writing novels over time.
Praise for Meg Wolitzer
Praise for The Interestings
The Interestings is exactly the kind of book that literary sorts who talk about ambitious works . . . are talking about. . . . Wolitzer is almost crushingly insightful; she doesn’t just mine the contemporary mind, she seems to invade it.— San Francisco Chronicle
A victory... The Interestings secures Wolitzer’s place among the best novelists of her generation.... She’s every bit as literary as Franzen or Eugenides. But the very human moments in her work hit you harder than the big ideas. This isn’t women’s fiction. It’s everyone’s.— Entertainment Weekly
A supremely engrossing, deeply knowing, genius-level enterprise... The novel is thick and thickly populated. And yet Wolitzer is brilliant at keeping the reader close by her side as she takes her story back and forth across time, in and out of multiple lives, and into the tangle of countless continuing, sometimes compromising, conversations.— Chicago Tribune
Like Virginia Woolf in The Waves, Meg Wolitzer gives us the full picture here, charting her characters’ lives from the self-dramatizing of adolescence, through the resignation of middle age, to the attainment of a wisdom that holds all the intensities of life in a single, sustained chord, much like this book itself. The wit, intelligence, and deep feeling of Wolitzer’s writing are extraordinary and The Interestings brings her achievement, already so steadfast and remarkable, to an even higher level.— Jeffrey Eugenides
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“Remarkable . . . [The Interestings’] inclusive vision and generous sweep place it among the ranks of books like Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot. The Interestings is warm, all-American, and acutely perceptive about the feelings and motivations of its characters, male and female, young and old, gay and straight; but it’s also stealthily, unassumingly, and undeniably a novel of ideas. . . . With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself.”—The New York Times Book Review