Living in Tokyo means the Kindle is my good, good friend, though I’d ALWAYS rather get my hands on the actual book. 📕📗📘
Finished “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer, a novel that spoke to my fascination with ‘talent’, and what happens to it as a person grows up.
I worked for some years at a performing arts school where there wasn’t a day when ‘talent’ wasn’t mentioned (or more like obsessed over), and now, as an adult, I find the word to be dangerous if not handled with the greatest care. (I never use it with young people.)
This novel shows how ‘talent’ affects a group of friends who meet as teens at art camp, and grow up to be intensely successful as adults OR made to feel more unsuccessful than necessary because of the highly successful friends.
Painful. Sad. Reaffirming? Hopeful. I was all those things but mostly, I was glad to be where I am now. Grown.
And it made me want to continue reading Wolitzer. “The Female Persuasion” next!
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