A few months after her father’s untimely death in the mid-1970s, Jules Jacobson goes away to a summer camp for creative teens in Upstate New York. A scholarship girl among the children of wealthy New Yorkers, the awkward, grieving teen … Continue reading
by Meg Wolitzer
Paperback; 192 pages
While on a plane to Helsinki, where her famous author husband will receive a major literary prize, Joan Castleman finally decides to leave the man she has spent most of her life with. From her seat in first class, she reminisces about her life with Joe, which started when she was a student at Smith College in the 1950s.
When Joan walks into her creative writing class at Smith, she is immediately drawn to Joe, the charming young professor. Joe, in turn, is impressed by her writing skills, and eventually he leaves his wife and baby for his promising student. For years they struggle in tiny apartments, Joan working at a publishing house while Joe tries to write a novel. Continue reading