The Female Persuasion (Paperback)
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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 09/05/2019
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A spry satire on the paradoxes and complexities of the 21st- century feminist movement, The Female Persuasion centres upon the relationship between young, idealistic Greer Kadetsky and her passingly famous feminist mentor, Faith Frank. Rich in perceptive observations about the tensions inherent between different ‘waves’ of feminism, Wolitzer’s novel captures the zeitgeist nimbly and elegantly.

A New York Times bestseller and BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, The Female Persuasion is an electric novel of influence, awakened potential and fatal flaws.

Greer didn't really know why Faith took an interest. But what she knew for sure, eventually, was that meeting Faith Frank was the thrilling beginning of everything. It would be a very long time before the unspeakable end.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college student when she meets the woman who will shape her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant, has been a pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others.

Hearing Faith speak for the first time, in a crowded campus chapel, Greer - misunderstood yet full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place - feels herself changed. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites her to make something out of this new sense of purpose, with a career opportunity that leads her down the most exciting and rewarding path as it winds towards and away from her meant-to-be love story with high school sweetheart Cory and the future she had always imagined.

Expansive and wise, compassionate and witty, The Female Persuasion is about the spark we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time, and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light. Dealing with issues of consent, control and self-determination, The Female Persuasion is a novel about influential relationships and the ways in which idealism can irrevocably change lives. An enviably good writer of believable characters, as writer Lena Dunham says, ‘Wolitzer is an infinitely capable creator of human identities that are as real as the type on this page, and her love of her characters shines more brightly than any agenda’.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784708306
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'There's much more to admire here as the novel ponders friendship, love and parent-child relationships. But in the end, Wolitzer's real gift to her readers is a story that feels both timeless and very much of the zeitgeist.' - The Daily Mail 

'Wolitzer is an irresistibly charming novelist, a keen, affectionate examiner of society' - Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker 

'Ambitious...startlingly perceptive...full of Wolitzer's trademark wit and insight...strong enough to remind us that we can change the world, one woman at a time' - The Washington Post 

'A remarkable study of how feminism has evolved over the last thirty years and what it means to be empowered in the 21st century.' - Vogue 

'The novel is a meaningful statement, a drawn-out work on big issues written by a woman at the pinnacle of her career' - The Wall Street Journal 

'An engrossing new novel...when you're done binge-reading your copy, hand it off to a fellow literature lover. He'll thank you for it' - Elle 

'...being hailed as having presciently nailed the feminist zeitgeist' - Herald Scotland

'...the plot is fast-paced and you will come to care about and deeply invest in the characters.' - The Scotsman

'The novel is a meaningful statement, a drawn-out work on big issues written by a woman at the pinnacle of her career' - The Wall Street Journal

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“Power of sisterhood....”

An extremely timely cleverly written, provocative book about the dynamics of relationships between women, and female persuasion. The characters are first class, the story is compelling and over all a wonderful book to... More

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