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Meg Wolitzer: The Female Persuasion
Meg Wolitzer’s latest novel, The Female Persuasion, is about public pedestals and feminist friction.
Wolitzer herself is a feminist powerhouse who wrote her first novel, Sleepwalking, while still at university. A precocious talent, she was mentored by the famous essayist and screenwriter Nora Ephron.
Today, she’s the author of 12 acclaimed novels, including The Interestings and The Uncoupling. Three of her novels have been adapted to screen, most recently The Wife, starring Glenn Close. Always witty and always wise, Wolitzer’s work is preoccupied with the everyday struggles and successes of American women.
Wolitzer's own career trajectory – from young upstart to prominent novelist and teacher – makes her especially well placed to explore the tensions of intergenerational feminism. Her latest novel, The Female Persuasion, examines ideological purity, mentorship and compromise in the contemporary feminist landscape. It’s Wolitzer at her piercing and satirical best.
Recorded last May in Melbourne, she discusses The Female Persuasion and her incredible career to date with host Brodie Lancaster.
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous books, including The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, and The Wife, which was recently made into an award-winning film starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. In 2017 Wolitzer was guest editor of The Best American Short Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares, the Best American Short Stories, and the Pushcart Prize. She also writes books for young people, including most recently To Night Owl from Dogfish, which she co-wrote with children's author Holly Goldberg Sloan. Meg lives in New York City.
Brodie Lancaster is a Melbourne writer and critic whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Pitchfork, the Saturday Paper and New York magazine. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine was published by Hachette in 2017. She co-hosts Fan Grrrls, a podcast about footy and feelings.