“Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.”
The Interestings is a good summer read (and a far more reasonable option than the book Jason first suggested). It surrounds the experience of six friends–who refer to themselves as The Interestings– that meet in summer camp and follows their lives into the present. The novel trails the characters from youth, “through the competitions and realities of growing up” and into middle age as their “talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge”.
“But what [The Interestings] really seems to be about to me is life itself. Nowhere have I experienced a more profound rendering of characters moving, growing, and evolving through time. Shockingly, everything feels organic.”
Below is the breakdown of sections and the tentative calendar I’ve set up for when to read each section by.
By [this date]…have read [these chapters]:
July 11…Chapters 1-7
July 25…Chapters 8-14
August 1…Chapters 15-22
Feel free to read ahead, but lets save the discussion and commenting on each section until after the designated time period.
If anyone has any questions they want to pose/discuss, comment on this blog post with said question. From there, people can comment on the comment (meta, right?). This way, we can have discussions (or banter) with one another in regards to various questions/comments/topics.
Or–I just had another idea as I write this–if you all come up with questions you can send them to me, I can compile them into a new blog post, and we can begin the discussion from that one, with various prompts and questions already available. As this gets going, I’m assuming we will get a better idea of what works and doesn’t work.
If you have any questions/comments/suggestions about any of this, email or comment on this blog post.
Let the reading begin!