Book #27 of 2020 | The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Title: The Female Persuasion

Author: Meg Wolitzer

Thoughts: This book was WONDERFUL. It made me nostalgic for college and the period of time where the whole point of my life was to be surrounded by people who both loved and challenged me and when for the most part, my main responsibility was to show up for class and learn. It’s a great read for any 20-something woman out there, out of college and trying to make sense of her place in the world, the person she’s trying to become, and the people she’s surrounding herself with. Girl power is a theme—not the “woo girl power” type but the genuine power found inside all of us type, the kind of power that intimidates people type—and I am very here for that theme!

Favorite Lines:
“Love ran through everything Greer read—love of language, love of character, love of the act of reading—just as it ran through everything that had to do with Cory. Books had saved Greer as a child, and then Cory had saved her again later on.” (p. 57)

“To commit to actual things composed of wood and metal and fabric was to make real the vagueness and unreality of love.” (p. 80)

“…she remained a combination of warmth and mystery—and perhaps she liked it that way. To keep people from the particulars of your life kept you from being seen as one thing or another, and so it was possible you could be thought of as anything, or even as everything.” (p. 144)

“But she thought that maybe there had been a series of moments, and that this was the way it was for most people: the small realizations leading you first toward an important understanding and then toward doing something about it. Along the way, too, there would be people you would meet who would affect you and turn you ever so slightly in a different direction. Suddenly you knew what you were working for, and you didn’t feel as if you were wasting your time.” (p. 281)

“I think that’s what the people who change our lives always do. They give us permission to be the person we secretly really long to be but maybe don’t feel we’re allowed to be.” (p. 329)

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