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I write this blog so that I can work through the craft of novels and short stories. I have a hard time seeing structure or defining other writer’s tricks without writing about their work myself. I can’t just process fiction in my head or in conversation with others–I need to write about it. Sometimes, when I don’t like a book, I don’t write about it. It makes me feel like a jerk. But, in those cases, I am left feeling a little confused and unmoored. So I am going to write about The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, not to be a jerk, but to understand why I didn’t like a book it seems that so many people did.

First of all, I will say that this novel was super readable. I was happy to sit down with it before bed for the last few nights. I know it seems demented, but this is part of what I didn’t like about it. I don’t usually want to read before bed because I like books that make me work, not relax. In this case, I had no work to do–Ms. Wolitzer did all of it for me. I never had to sit and wonder why a character was doing what he or she was doing, why a relationship was going the way it was going–I didn’t even have to wonder what was going to happen next. Everything was right there on the page. Read the rest of this entry »