I don’t always like Meg Wolitzer’s novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. There are four main characters in The Female Persuasion, and I found all of them real, complex and engaging. Greer Kadetsky is smart,shy, ambitious and the daughter of two unmotivated, unconcerned hippies. Her boyfriend, Cory, is smart, loving, creative and sensitive. Her best friend, Zee, is a lesbian who wants to work for a cause, but not sure what it should be. Greer’s mentor, Faith Frank is a well-known, articulate leader of the women’s movement. Although Greer is the one who has a strong relationship with Cory, Zee and Faith, each of these characters can stand on their own.
At the core of this novel is the theme of how one decides what is the right path to choose in life, yet The Female Pesuasion also depicts a lot of timely issues using engrossing, easy to read prose.