Meg Wolitzer’s new novel The Interestings has just come out. It’s about a group of friends who meet at summer camp as teenagers then struggle to maintain their relationships despite the changing dynamics of time, talent, money, and intimacy. I loved it (I’m on record here at the Riot saying I’ll eat my shorts if it’s not named one of the best books of 2013) and thought it was one of the most thorough, thoughtful looks at friendship I’ve ever seen in fiction. Naturally, I was thrilled to get to ask Ms. Wolitzer about her other favorite books on the subject. Here’s what she picked.
Oh, to be in a group of friends who are young and in college and in possession of a very dark secret. (Well, maybe oh to be everything but the dark secret part.) This novel, which made such an impact when it was published in 1992, is tightly written, exciting, and durable.
Atwood can do everything well, and here she excels at limning the cruelty of an early female friendship.
A slender, exquisite, sad, funny novel about the lives of two girls on the brink of life and all its pain.
Perhaps more a novel about loneliness than its opposite, it also strikes me as being about the quiet connections between three people thrown together almost by default. I wish more people still read this astonishing book.
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