The Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion

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 st Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly...

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Title:The Female Persuasion
Author:Meg Wolitzer
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Female Persuasion
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:454 pages pages

The Female Persuasion Reviews

  • Susan Merrell
    Sep 27, 2017
    I was lucky to have an early read of this funny, important and intelligent novel about what it means to be a human of the female persuasion in our complicated world. The characters here are compelling, their struggles are real, and Wolitzer's fundamental love of them is always in evide...
  • Elyse
    Apr 23, 2018
    Audiobook ....read by Rebecca Lowman.....[ one of my very favorite voice narrators] The Audiobook is over 14 hours long - but the more we get to know Greer Kadetsky and Faith Frank....Cory and Zee.....the more I wanted to continue hanging out for this party ride. About half way ...
  • Julie Christine
    Jul 01, 2018
    I read doorstop-sized The Female Persuasion over a weekend, which is a testament to Meg Wolitzer's warm and friendly, piquant and witty writing style. She's not Margaret, after all?cerebral and aloof?or Meghan?adorable and alluring?she's comfortably Meg, and her books have alwa...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Apr 17, 2018
    This deeply layered book explores the relationship between a young woman, her older female mentor and other important people in her life from college through her early 30s. Greer encounters feminist icon Faith Frank at an event her freshman year of college. Shy and directionless, ye...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    May 02, 2018
    This book is a beast, in that the hardcover is 454 pages. I started this book on a Sunday in the hopes of finishing by Wednesday, May 2nd to make the Barnes & Noble Inaugural Book Club Night (on said book). I did it but it was no small feat! Lots of late night reading and carryin...
  • Jessica
    Dec 03, 2017
    DAMMIT. As if I needed another reason to obsess over the state of the world, feminism, grief, etc, here comes this book and makes me sit and THINK about everything instead of happily escaping into the void of cute dog videos. ...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    May 21, 2018
    The Female Persuasion is a novel about women, sisterhood, family, ambition, and ideals. More than a book it is also a depiction of what feminism means, what it was like decades ago and how it has evolved. Of course, we learn this from the point of view of the characters limited by thei...
  • Thomas
    Sep 08, 2018
    A peculiar novel about Greer Kadetsky, a freshman in college who meets a feminist icon, Faith Frank, who changes the direction of Greer's life in ways she could never expect. Before meeting Faith, Greer had a long-term boyfriend, Cory, and a persistent discontentment with her parents a...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Jun 20, 2017
    This delicious and compulsive read that feels like your first high school infatuation~ Remember when you first love - romantic or respect - which you knew so intimately; better than they understood themselves? That's what this book gives you - its exposed and unrelenting honest por...
  • Caroline
    May 28, 2018
    ***NO SPOILERS*** The complicated and emotionally fraught topic of feminism is the theme of Wolitzer?s newest novel, The Female Persuasion. She did this deftly, making what can be an abstract concept concrete via two main characters. These are a college graduate, a Millennial who ...
  • Esil
    Apr 08, 2018
    4 idiosyncratic enthusiastic stars! The Female Persuasion is one of those novels that felt flawed, but that I still really enjoyed reading. This is the third novel I?ve read by Meg Wolitzer. She writes dense stories. She portrays characters that are not particularly likeable or sy...
  • Emily
    Mar 20, 2018
    I read this book because Meg Wolitzer came to our feminist book club at Goodreads; it was such a unique experience to have the author participate in a book club meeting about their own book! This was my first novel by this author, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Although ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Oct 24, 2017
    I have read a lot of books recently that concern themselves chiefly with the experience of being a woman in the modern world. While THE FEMALE PERSUASION seems to be about this as well, I'm also not quite sure what it's about exactly. I can tell you what all the pieces are--the complex...
  • Emily May
    Jan 10, 2018
    The Female Persuasion is a novel with little story and a lot of ideas, none of them particularly new ones. It stands out for being an overview of the white feminist experience during the nineties and early 21st century. Because, though it may feel like one must, I actually don't th...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    Mar 06, 2018
    ????? / 5 rounded up The Female Persuasion is my first book by Meg Wolitzer but it will definitely not be my last! Even though it wasn't what I expected I really enjoyed it. The Female Persuasion focuses mostly on a woman named Greer who we are introduced to while she...
  • Carol
    May 05, 2018
    Hmmmmmm........had to digest this Barnes & Noble inaugural bookclub pick for a bit; had my ups and downs with it to be honest.While THE FEMALE PERSUASION alternates between the lives of four characters, the main focus is on a young adult, Greer about to graduate high school, her re...
  • Tammy
    May 03, 2018
    I picked this up thanks to hype, the Barnes and Noble Book Club AND the fact Nicole Kidman is playing Faith Frank in the movie. Got to love that! An overall fun read. The story started out slow-paced for me so I was pleasantly surprised that I really loved this once I got into it. ...
  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    May 02, 2018
    3 Stars! This may be an unpopular opinion but I had some issues with this book. I ended up reading it because of the hype. This was also the Barnes and Noble Pick for their book club so I really read it for that. The book has so many points of view I'm not even sure where to star...
  • Barbara
    May 14, 2018
    4.5 Stars: ?The Female Persuasion? by Meg Wolitzer is a timely novel given the ?Me Too? movement. The novel addresses feminism, highlighting the generational differences that women have dealt with and become involved in feministic issues. One reoccurring issue is dealing with s...
  • Kate Olson
    Apr 18, 2018
    (AUDIOBOOK) You know how sometimes a book is SO hyped that it?s almost unfair to the actual story? Personally, I know that hype can set me up for unrealistic expectations that no book can live up to. ? In the case of THE FEMALE PERSUASION, I?m happy to say that some of the hyp...
  • Maddie
    Apr 11, 2018
    Truly hated the way this woman writes but I had to read this for work. I was told this book was relevant to the me too movement but it doesn't really seem that way. Blegh. If you're looking for a better feminist read that will actually get you thinking read The Power by Naomi Alderman....
  • Lisa
    Apr 30, 2018
    A satisfying novel of a young woman trying to figure out who she is, and who she is supposed to be in the world. SUMMARY Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman at Ryland College. She?s there because her parents could not fill out the financial aid forms that would have yielded...
  • Eilonwy
    May 05, 2018
    2-1/2 stars, rounded up because the writing appealed to me all right (but doesn't make up for the lack of actual story). Sigh. It's not good when my final opinion of a book is, "Thank goodness I'm done with that!" I read a glowing review for this in the Boston Globe which made ...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    Apr 28, 2018
    I doubted I'd ever be someone who had "favorite authors," but this settles it. Meg Wolitzer is at the top of that list. ...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    May 18, 2018
    I was mildly disappointed by this book. Most probably because I had sky-high expectations after having read and loved Meg Wolitzer?s ?The Interestings?. ?The Female Persuasion? is most of all a character-driven book about feminism in our modern world. Greer is our protagoni...
  • Jennifer
    May 05, 2018
    A smart, pacy book about ambition, magnetism, and mentors. The main storyline follows Greer, a hardworking but unassuming college student who becomes inspired by an aging feminist icon named Faith Frank (modeled after second-wave feminists like Gloria Steinem). After graduation, Faith ...
  • Michael
    Apr 03, 2018
    Simply put: it's a boring book. No real human insights beyond the lightly refreshing sparkling zinfandel struggles of rich white people. Cory was the only character that faced real problems and his story is totally sidelined, for the way-too-convenient success story of a young woma...
  • Roman Clodia
    Jun 14, 2018
    It pains me to say this, but for a book purporting to be about contemporary feminism this feels superficial, undercooked and really quite boring. The plot meanders around without ever reaching cruising speed, and switches around between characters in almost random fashion. Importan...
  • Shigufa Saleheen
    Mar 20, 2018
    *light spoilers* Today, it was my mission to get through the 464 pages of Female Persuasion because I really wanted to know if this book lives up to the hype! It just got picked for B&N's inaugural book club pick AND the story starts with an excerpt on the first page about bein...
  • Jai
    Apr 10, 2018
    A book about ideas that is too afraid to pursue those ideas or a book about characters without interesting characters. The Female Persuasion takes the promising premise of looking at the relationship between a prominent second-wave feminist and her guidance of a younger woman coming in...