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The Positionby Meg Wolitzer
Synopses & Reviews
Crackling with intelligence and humor, The Position is the masterful story of one extraordinary family at the hilarious height of the sexual revolution — and through the thirty-year hangover that followed.
In 1975, Paul and Roz Mellow write a bestselling Joy of Sex-type book that mortifies their four school-aged children and ultimately changes the shape of the family forever. Thirty years later, as the now dispersed family members argue over whether to reissue the book, we follow the complicated lives of each of the grown children and their conflicts in love, work, marriage, parenting, and, of course, sex — all shadowed by the indelible specter of their highly sexualized parents. Insightful, panoramic, and compulsively readable, The Position is an American original.
"Wolitzer...bestows her trademark warmth and light touch on this tale of social and domestic change." Publishers Weekly
"Painfully funny and brilliantly executed...utterly original." Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors
"Hilariously moving, sharply written...The Position will resonate with anyone who has ever walked in on their parents doing the deed — and for all of us who have had to accept that our mothers and fathers are normal people with healthy sex drives." USA Today
"Sly and delicious....Her richest and most substantial [novel yet]." The Washington Post
"Immensely readable....Wolitzer is best when she stirs the pot of familial and generational tensions." Kirkus Reviews
The author of The Wife (named a notable book of the year by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post) takes another huge step forward with an ambitious and exhilarating new novel about sex, love, the 1970s, and one extraordinary family.
In Washington, D.C., life inside the Goldstein home is as tumultuous as the swiftly changing times. In 1979, the Cold War is waning and the age of protest has come and gone, leaving a once radical family to face a new set of challenges. Dennis, whose government job often takes him to Moscow, struggles both to succeed in a career he doesnt quite believe in and to live up to his fathers leftist legacy. Sharon, a caterer for the Washington elite, joins a cultlike group in search of the fulfillment she once felt. Happy-go-lucky Benjamin is heading off to college, there to experience an awakening of social conscience, and sixteen-year-old Vanessa finds a cure for alienation in D.C.s hardcore music scene. As each of them follows separate trajectories of personal protest and compromise along the edge of a new decade, radical traditions long dormant in their family awaken once again, with shocking, far-reaching results. A poignant story of husbands and wives, parents and children, activists and spies, Something Red is a masterly novel that unfurls with suspense, humor, and insight.
About the Author
Wolitzer has taught at Skidmore College and at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives in New York City.
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