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. rary were a ritual the entire family looked forward to.
Not surprisingly, Meg served as editor for her junior high and high school literary magazines. She graduated from Brown University in 1981. One year later, she published her debut novel, Sleepwalking, the story of three college girls bonded by an unhealthy fascination with suicidal women poets.
It marked the beginning of a successful writing career that shows no sign of slacking. Over the years, Wolitzer has proven herself a deft chronicler of intense, unconventional relationships, especially among women. She has explored with wit and sensitivity the dynamics of fractured families (This Is Your Life, The Position); the devastating effects of death (Surrender, Dorothy), the challenges of friendship (Friends for Life), and the prospective minefield of gender, identity, and dashed expectations (Hidden Pictures, The Wife, The Ten-Year Nap).
In addition to her bestselling novels, Wolitzer has written a number of screenplays. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize, and she has also taught writing at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and at Skidmore College. Good To Know In our exclusive interview, Wolitzer shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself First of all, I am obsessed with playing Scrabble.
It relaxes me between fits of writing, and I play online, in a bizarro world of anonymous, competitive players. Its my version of smoking or drinking a guilty pleasure. The thing is, I love words, anagrams, wordplay, cryptic crossword puzzles, and anything to do with the language.
I also love childrens books, and feel a great deal of nostalgia for some of them from my own childhood (Harriet the Spy and The Phantom Tollbooth among others) as well as from my childrens current lives. I have an idea for a kids book that I might do someday, though right now my writing schedule is full up. Humor is very important to me in life and work.
I take pleasure from laughing at movies, and crying at books, and sometimes vice versa. I also have recently learned that I like performing. I think that writers shouldnt get up at a reading and give a dull, chant-like reading from their book.
They should perform; they should do what they need to do to keep readers really listening. Ive lately had the opportunity to do some performing on public radio, as well as singing with a singer I admire, Suzzy Roche, formerly of the Roches, a great group that started in 1979. Being onstage provides a dose of gratification that most writers never get to experience.
But mostly, writing a powerful novel whether funny or serious, or of course both is my primary goal. When I hear that readers have been affected by something Ive written, its a relief. I finally have come to no longer fear that Im going to have to go to law school someday....