FROM Meg Wolitzer
How young and old activists define feminism Meg Wolitzer’s “The Female Persuasion” is her 12th book. She began writing it years before the “MeToo” movement, but it couldn’t have landed at a more appropriate time. The book begins with the novel’s protagonist – 18-year-old Greer – being assaulted by a guy at a frat party. Then she meets an older feminist icon named Faith, who becomes her mentor and champion. The book tracks Greer and Faith’s complicated friendship and tells a broader story of how feminism is being defined by young and older activists. Author Meg Wolitzer. Photo by Nina Subin.
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