The Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer--madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but st...

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Title:The Female Persuasion
Author:Meg Wolitzer
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The Female Persuasion Reviews

  • Jillian Doherty

    This delicious and compulsive read that feels like your first high school infatuation~

    Remember when you first love - romantic or respect - which you knew so intimately; better than they understood themselves?

    That's what this book gives you - its exposed and unrelenting honest portrayal of its characters.

    I couldn't put it down, and only was sad when it ended because I enjoyed the read beyond wanting a to see it all nicely tied up in the ending.

    I think the story will connect with readers on mul

    This delicious and compulsive read that feels like your first high school infatuation~

    Remember when you first love - romantic or respect - which you knew so intimately; better than they understood themselves?

    That's what this book gives you - its exposed and unrelenting honest portrayal of its characters.

    I couldn't put it down, and only was sad when it ended because I enjoyed the read beyond wanting a to see it all nicely tied up in the ending.

    I think the story will connect with readers on multiple levels. It uniquely relates to shared experiences, but will be understood for vastly different reasons- that's a good book!

  • Susan Merrell

    I was lucky to have an early read of this funny, important and intelligent novel about what it means to be a human of the female persuasion in our complicated world. The characters here are compelling, their struggles are real, and Wolitzer's fundamental love of them is always in evidence. This novel manages to cover some of the most important issues of our day in all their complexity without ever sacrificing story--masterful and entertaining at the same time. I highly, highly recommend.

  • Jessica

    DAMMIT. As if I needed another reason to obsess over the state of the world, feminism, grief, etc, here comes this book and makes me sit and THINK about everything instead of happily escaping into the void of cute dog videos.

  • Elyse

    Audiobook ....read by Rebecca Lowman.....[ one of my very favorite voice narrators]

    The Audiobook is over 14 hours long - but the more we get to know Greer Kadetsky and Faith Frank....Cory and Zee.....the more I wanted to continue hanging out for this party ride.

    About half way into it - I learned that Nicole Kidman was going to be playing Faith Frank, and I couldn’t help but begin visualizing her in the role. I think she will be great.

    There was so much to enjoy! The characters and dialogues wer

    Audiobook ....read by Rebecca Lowman.....[ one of my very favorite voice narrators]

    The Audiobook is over 14 hours long - but the more we get to know Greer Kadetsky and Faith Frank....Cory and Zee.....the more I wanted to continue hanging out for this party ride.

    About half way into it - I learned that Nicole Kidman was going to be playing Faith Frank, and I couldn’t help but begin visualizing her in the role. I think she will be great.

    There was so much to enjoy! The characters and dialogues were my favorite parts of this book. I liked the relationships - some funny stories ( go-go dancing in Vegas girls?).....etc.

    I also loved the whole college atmosphere—and the background stories of the college kids and their families.

    I even enjoy the lessons & reminders about Individualism and Sisterhood coming together....and supporting one another. I loved the parts about modern feminism. Women have so much more freedom today — but if we separate from each other - isolate - are in competition- it could look like we don’t need each other....but nothing could be further from the truth.

    Great writing...BRILLIANT writing....VERY ENJOYABLE as an AUDIOBOOK.....funny - warm - compassionate- empowering - inspiring.

    I loved this book and everything it represents!

  • Esil

    4 idiosyncratic enthusiastic stars!

    The Female Persuasion is one of those novels that felt flawed, but that I still really enjoyed reading. This is the third novel I’ve read by Meg Wolitzer. She writes dense stories. She portrays characters that are not particularly likeable or sympathetic. She engages with complicated contemporary political and social issues. It doesn’t all come together perfectly, but I always feel like she gives me a lot of food for thought.

    The Female Persuasion focuses primar

    4 idiosyncratic enthusiastic stars!

    The Female Persuasion is one of those novels that felt flawed, but that I still really enjoyed reading. This is the third novel I’ve read by Meg Wolitzer. She writes dense stories. She portrays characters that are not particularly likeable or sympathetic. She engages with complicated contemporary political and social issues. It doesn’t all come together perfectly, but I always feel like she gives me a lot of food for thought.

    The Female Persuasion focuses primarily on Greer, from adolescence to her late 20s. She is very bright and driven, but somewhat rudderless given her aloof parents. She ends up being very drawn to an older well known feminist — Faith Frank — seeking to get meaning out of working for Frank’s foundation. There are a few other characters who play a big role in Greer’s life — a long term boyfriend, a best friend and Frank’s onetime lover who funds the foundation. The book grapples with issues such as how to live a politically meaningful life, the intersection between the political and the personal, and the relationship between different generations of feminists. There are no answers or messages — although there are many moments of interesting reflection.

    I suspect that The Female Persuasion won’t work for readers looking for a crisp story or clear meaning. But I really liked it, even in all of its dense messiness.

    Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for giving me access to an advance copy.

  • Emily

    I read this book because Meg Wolitzer came to our feminist book club at Goodreads; it was such a unique experience to have the author participate in a book club meeting about their own book! This was my first novel by this author, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Although the story went off on a lot of tangents-- some more enjoyable and impactful than others-- the book explored the interesting and important themes of friendship, self-actualization, feminism, power, and family dynami

    I read this book because Meg Wolitzer came to our feminist book club at Goodreads; it was such a unique experience to have the author participate in a book club meeting about their own book! This was my first novel by this author, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Although the story went off on a lot of tangents-- some more enjoyable and impactful than others-- the book explored the interesting and important themes of friendship, self-actualization, feminism, power, and family dynamics, and I really enjoyed the masterful characterization and exquisite writing. I will definitely be reading

    soon since it's been sitting on my shelf for far too long.

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I have read a lot of books recently that concern themselves chiefly with the experience of being a woman in the modern world. While THE FEMALE PERSUASION seems to be about this as well, I'm also not quite sure what it's about exactly. I can tell you what all the pieces are--the complexity of female friendship, the joy and danger of female mentorship, what it means to do good--and yet I didn't finish this book feeling like I'd seen any new insight, felt a deep kinship with the characters, or seen

    I have read a lot of books recently that concern themselves chiefly with the experience of being a woman in the modern world. While THE FEMALE PERSUASION seems to be about this as well, I'm also not quite sure what it's about exactly. I can tell you what all the pieces are--the complexity of female friendship, the joy and danger of female mentorship, what it means to do good--and yet I didn't finish this book feeling like I'd seen any new insight, felt a deep kinship with the characters, or seen my experience or the experiences of others I know reflected back at me.

    Much of the book takes place around a setpiece of privileged women gathering, paying a ridiculous ticket price, listening to women deliver inspirational messages, with manicure stations and fancy food all around. The book knows this is not a good look, and yet I often felt like I was at an event like this while reading the book, it's all very nice but none of it feels real.

    My own personal tastes certainly come into play here. When our protagonist finds herself at a perfectly standard liberal arts college, her disappointment that it isn't an ivy made me roll my eyes. When our protagonist moves to the big city fresh out of college with a dream job and an apartment without roommates, same. And when we discover early on that our protagonist will eventually become famous. And when a woman who comes from money encounters people who don't for the first time. And so on. It's often hard for me to read books about privileged people working hard to make the world a better place. And it's odd because our protagonist doesn't start out as privileged but she seems to ease into it so quickly.

    My favorite section of the book was about one of the only male main characters and what happens when all those trappings are suddenly gone. His detachment from everyone around him, his motivations, his actions felt more real even if I didn't find myself fully transported to his point of view. I should add that I have read a few of Wolitzer's books and never really enjoyed them. I read this one because of its premise but I think she and I are just not a good fit. She doesn't seem to write the kind of stories I can lose myself in for whatever reason.

    Right now I admit I set a higher standard for books about women and feminism. We have a lot of ground to cover, and I don't see the point in books that don't push us forward, ask new questions, bring us into new conversations. Most of us have long since moved past second wave feminism, but this book seems to be speaking to people who are still enamored with it. I would have liked to see something bolder, something that asks more questions about women's choices, but it seems Wolitzer isn't quite there yet.

  • Shigufa Saleheen

    *light spoilers*

    Today, it was my mission to get through the 464 pages of Female Persuasion because I really wanted to know if this book lives up to the hype! It just got picked for B&N's inaugural book club pick AND the story starts with an excerpt on the first page about being 'the next Great American Novel'. So I threw myself into the story-- and honestly, for the early half of the book, I was super with it!

    I quickly saw myself in young Greer as she became exposed to feminism and women's

    *light spoilers*

    Today, it was my mission to get through the 464 pages of Female Persuasion because I really wanted to know if this book lives up to the hype! It just got picked for B&N's inaugural book club pick AND the story starts with an excerpt on the first page about being 'the next Great American Novel'. So I threw myself into the story-- and honestly, for the early half of the book, I was super with it!

    I quickly saw myself in young Greer as she became exposed to feminism and women's issues through her college experiences, and Zee who was a true activist with a heart for the people from the start. Hands down favorite character throughout was Cory though, Greer's boyfriend who I consistently got #goodguy vibes from in every step of his relationship and personal development. Like, that's a boy whose mother raised him right, you know?

    My problem with this book, which is why I eventually gave it 3 stars, is with how these super promising characters progress in the book. Female Persuasion calls out the privilege of white & performative feminism throughout the story (and especially when Greer's femtor Faith Frank comes into play), yet I think the book still falls into that same trap by the end. Maybe I missed something, but at no point did Greer end up striking me as my next feminist hero-- in fact, I didn't really find her that redeemable at the end at all because it didn't seem like she'd learned or grown from what happened to her in the second half of the book? Like everyone else in her life goes through some really transformative or traumatic situations, but she just... learns about feminism? And then ends up very successful in the end on that alone?

    Interestingly enough, Cory was the hero of this story for me-- I was so pleasantly surprised to see a man who was so not trash? I was rooting for his success and felt satisfied by the way things turned out for him!

    I think overall this book has really important themes and it's worth the read, especially for someone who's looking to get more exposed to feminism or women empowerment themes. Female mentorship is such an amazing thing to have, discuss, and celebrate-- and I loved that this book delved into the significance of that! But for me (similar to the reviews other readers have left for this story) the book didn't go far enough to really make a statement beyond 'it's important to understand the feminism is important'.

    It was super entertaining, the characters + their background stories are captivating, and the drama is *good*. But if it's going to be championed as the feminist read for this Trump Era, I felt like it needed something more-- whether it was reflection on the character's incredible privilege or a more radical stance and call to action. But just something more.

  • Emily May

    is a novel with little story and a lot of ideas, none of them particularly new ones.

    It stands out for being an overview of the white feminist experience during the nineties and early 20th century. Because, though it may feel like one must, I actually don't think a book like this existed before. Or, at least, not in mainstream literature.

    So I can see some value in it, but I just didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as I thought I would. Or find any new ideas or inspirat

    is a novel with little story and a lot of ideas, none of them particularly new ones.

    It stands out for being an overview of the white feminist experience during the nineties and early 20th century. Because, though it may feel like one must, I actually don't think a book like this existed before. Or, at least, not in mainstream literature.

    So I can see some value in it, but I just didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as I thought I would. Or find any new ideas or inspiration in its pages. I can picture, many years from now, students sat in a classroom and analyzing this book for its historical context, as a book that covers a broad range of feminist issues that are relevant to people today. Wolitzer has captured the recent history of feminism, in breadth more than depth, showcasing discussions on everything from abortion rights to the wage gap, and from porn to rape culture.

    It all begins on a college campus where the shy Greer Kadetsky attends a talk by influential feminist, Faith Frank. Faith heads a foundation called Loci, which sponsors feminist conferences, and during her talk, Greer asks a question relating to her own assault. This triggers a number of events leading to Faith offering Greer a career opportunity. Alongside this, there is also the story of the relationship between Greer and Cory.

    It seems that the book attempts to bridge the gap between second and third wave feminists, and between Gen X and Gen Y-ers (Millennials), and yet I don't think it does this very well. Faith Frank is part of an antiquated, predominantly-white feminism, which is acknowledged and then kind of brushed aside. Despite obvious attempts to be self-aware and point out privilege,

    never quite becomes intersectional in its feminism. It definitely doesn't help that every character with more than a brief mention is cisgender and white, aside from the Portuguese Cory.

    It is a long book with very little story to justify its length. It felt like lots of conversations were had between the characters but, other than offering a platform to discuss all the hot feminist topics, I didn't get the point of the story.

    Greer's shyness and anxiety interested me at first, but she quickly grew into a bland character who I didn't care for. Perhaps ironically, though perhaps not (who knows what irony is, anyway?), the guy character - Cory - was probably the most interesting character in this book.

    So, yes, I think this book gathers a lot of ideas together, but I don't think it adds anything to the discussions being had. I'm sure years from now this book will help future generations understand the conversations being had during our time about feminism and privilege, but right now it did very little for me. For such an acclaimed author, everything about this had a surprising lack of depth.

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