The Interestings

The Interestings

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts form what seems likely to be a lifelong friendship. Decades later the bond remains, but so much else has changed. Through adolescence, the artistic interests and abilities of these six friends have all been indulged, encouraged, and celebrated. But the kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty - not to mention age fifty. For the group of friends who met and joined together because of a shared sense of being "interesting," this is a startling and sometimes painful realization. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation as a therapist. Her friend Jonah, a gifted guitarist, puts aside music completely and becomes a mechanical engineer. In wild contrast, however, their two closest friends, now married to each other, have become shockingly successful and famous. Ethan, a brilliant animator, has a hit TV show and franchise. His wife, Ash, has found lasting critical respect as a stage director. Whats more, Ethan and Ash also now possess the means and influence that allow their artistic dreams to keep expanding. But what becomes of friendships when two of the friends reach a level of startling success and wealth, and the others do not? And what happens when the person you envy most deeply is also someone you genuinely love?
Publisher: [United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781624060885
Branch Call Number: eAudio hoopla
eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (15hr., 43 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Tullock, Jen
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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Jun 20, 2019

"Reading" this via an audio CD wherein, sadly, the narrator reads too fast. This should not seem like a race to the finish! Wishing this was not such a common problem with audio books.

Jan 27, 2017

Read this for book group - I enjoyed it in retrospect much more. Great discussion!

JCLHunterSt Jun 27, 2013

The Interestings, just wasn’t that interesting. It’s about a group of gifted, arty kids, who meet at summer camp in the mid 1970’s and become lifelong friends. Honestly, the lives of these people were fairly mundane, with some added twists. I think Wolitzer is a very good writer and I can appreciate the style of writing and what she was trying to accomplish, but the book lacked a plot, even though the characterizations were excellent. I could actually believe these were real people, living real, yet routine lives. I liked the book, but didn’t get swept by it.


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JCLHunterSt Jun 25, 2013

I always thought it was the saddest and most devastating ending. How you could have these enormous dreams that never get met. How without knowing it you could just make yourself smaller over time. I don't want that to happen to me.


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