The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer is one of the hottest books of 2018, appearing on several different must-read lists. Not only is the cover Instagram friendly (hey there #bookstagram), the story sounds very unique and relevant to our times. And it was just announced that Nicole Kidman (fresh off the success of HBO’s Big Little Lies) will star in the lead role and plans to adapt the book into a feature, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Here’s the synopsis:
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To be admired by someone we admire – we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.
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 still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.
Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.
Everything about this is intriguing: the dynamic of female friendship and mentorship, a different type of coming-of-age story and how it all ties together.
I’ll have my review up as soon as I get my hands on this one so keep an eye out for it.