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If you judge The Female Persuasion by its cover, the bold color scheme and all caps typeface would lead you to think that it will be a feminist manifesto, screaming into existence in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. What you find when you open it, however, is much more delicate than the title leads you to believe. Meg Wolitzer’s 11th book is a coming-of-age tale that starts by following Greer Kadetsky through her relationship with her high school boyfriend, and her life at college. Not particularly politically active when she matriculates, it’s a drunken groping at a frat party (plus a chance meeting in the ladies restroom with feminist icon Faith Frank) that sparks her eventual interest and involvement in advocacy.
This chance meeting leads to a job after college, at Faith Frank’s female empowerment foundation. Any other novel may follow this trail to a happy ending of perfect participation in women’s rallies and kumbaya-style feminism. Instead, the novel raises timely questions about what is the right way to be a feminist? And is there even a wrong way?
Read because: At the height of the #MeToo movement, it’s refreshing to read a book that examines how to be a feminist in 2018.
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