The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4 stars
Greer Kadetsky is intelligent, unassuming, and bookish. Raised as an only child by self-involved parents, she's used to being overlooked by others. When circumstances put her in the path of famous feminist, Faith Frank, Greer's world and her perspective is turned upside down. No longer is she content to find a full time job to support a writing career while her boyfriend climbs the corporate ladder in New York. Suddenly, Greer is a feminist activist with the mother figure she has always dreamed of.
On the surface, this is a book about the #metoo movement and the problem of a movement with a lack of inter-sectional feminist voices. The Female Persuasion is much more than that; it's also a book about someone holding a mirror up for you in order to allow your inner self to be seen. This novel also serves as a reminder that even the most ideological people have to compromise their morality.
Unfortunately, Wolitzer fails to make Greer sympathetic enough to make the reader react more strongly when Greer realizes her icon has feet of clay. The ending seems rushed and anti-climatic. The male character, Greer's boyfriend, is ultimately the most sympathetic character. Despite some problematic plot holes,The Female Persuasion is a satisfying and timely read.