The Interestings

The Interestings

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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, Juless 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
Publisher: Holland, Ohio : Dreamscape Media, p2013.
ISBN: 9781624060878
1624060870
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (15 hr., 43 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Tullock, Jen

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Jan 27, 2017

Read this for book group - I enjoyed it in retrospect much more. Great discussion!

JCLHunterSt Jun 27, 2013

The Interestings, just wasn’t that interesting. It’s about a group of gifted, arty kids, who meet at summer camp in the mid 1970’s and become lifelong friends. Honestly, the lives of these people were fairly mundane, with some added twists. I think Wolitzer is a very good writer and I can appreciate the style of writing and what she was trying to accomplish, but the book lacked a plot, even though the characterizations were excellent. I could actually believe these were real people, living real, yet routine lives. I liked the book, but didn’t get swept by it.

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JCLHunterSt Jun 25, 2013

I always thought it was the saddest and most devastating ending. How you could have these enormous dreams that never get met. How without knowing it you could just make yourself smaller over time. I don't want that to happen to me.

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