The Position by Meg Wolitzer
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Meg Wolitzer’s “hilariously moving, sharply written novel” (USA TODAY), hailed by critics and loved by readers worldwide, with its “dead-on observations about sex, marriage, and the family ties that strangle and bind” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

Crackling with intelligence and humor, The Position is the masterful story of one extraordinary family at the hilarious height of the sexual revolution—and through the thirty-year hangover that followed.

In 1975, Paul and Roz Mellow write a bestselling Joy of Sex-type book that mortifies their four school-aged children and ultimately changes the shape of the family forever. Thirty years later, as the now dispersed family members argue over whether to reissue the book, we follow the complicated lives of each of the grown children and their conflicts in love, work, marriage, parenting, and, of course, sex—all shadowed by the indelible specter of their highly sexualized parents. Insightful, panoramic, and compulsively readable, The Position is an American original.

About Meg Wolitzer

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Meg Wolitzer is the author of eight previous novels, including The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City.
Published August 24, 2010 by Scribner. 321 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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Meg Wolitzer's novel tracks the generational fallout of the 70's.

Apr 10 2005 | Read Full Review of The Position: A Novel

The Guardian

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The Position is better than its high concept - of modern-day exile from a dubious Eden after eating a somewhat silly apple - in the sophisticated, respectful way that it explores the six personalities of the Mellow family.

Aug 05 2005 | Read Full Review of The Position: A Novel

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Summary: Paul and Roz Mellow are the kind of liberal parents that you hope to never have, and certainly their children - Holly, Michael, Dashiell and Claudia - would not argue with that summation.

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Lisa Zeidner Boston Globe 3.5 of 5 Stars "But while savagely witty in spots, there is nothing funny about this book.

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