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Meg Wolitzer

USA flag (b.1959)

Meg Wolitzer was born in Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of novelist Hilma Wolitzer. She lives in New York with her husband Richard Panek, also a writer, and two sons.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction, Romance
Series contributed to
Non fiction
   Nutcrackers (1991) (with Jesse Green)
   Fitzgerald Did It (1999)
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2006) : The Position

Meg Wolitzer recommends
Free Food for Millionaires (2007)
Min Jin Lee
"Min Jin Lee's keen eye for class concerns and her confident, muscular writing...make FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES a pleasure."
Good to a Fault (2008)
Marina Endicott
"One of those novels you want to tell people about. It's unpretentious and affecting, with characters to remember and themes that linger and resound."
Wayward Saints (2012)
Suzzy Roche
"As pure, as funny, as original as Roche's music... I am telling everyone to read this book."
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley (2017)
Hannah Tinti
"What Hannah Tinti knows about fathers, daughters and time could, as they say, fill a book - and truly does. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is bold, exciting, and original."
Give Me Your Hand (2018)
Megan Abbott
"While Megan Abbott's magnetic new novel mines themes of ambition, competition, excellence, and friendship, what perhaps struck me the most was its exploration of the long, undeterrable reach of memory. Give Me Your Hand is darkly effective, uneasy-making, and beautifully, absorbingly written."
If Only (2018)
Jennifer Gilmore
"Gripping and shiveringly beautiful; a true achievement."
The Last Romantics (2019)
Tara Conklin
"Tara Conklin is a generous writer who deftly brings us into the world of this fictional family, an engrossing and vivid place where I was happy to stay. The Last Romantics is a richly observed novel, both ambitious and welcoming."
The Peacock Feast (2019)
Lisa Gornick
"The Peacock Feast is one of those rare books that feels both grand and intimate, bringing the reader deeply into a very vivid past. Lisa Gornick has written an engrossing and impressive book."
Must I Go (2020)
Yiyun Li
"This brilliant novel examines lives lived, losses accumulated, and the slipperiness of perception. Yiyun Li writes deeply, drolly, and with elegance about history, even as it’s happening. She is one of my favorite writers, and Must I Go is an extraordinary book."
Friends and Strangers (2020)
J Courtney Sullivan
"J. Courtney Sullivan is a writer of extraordinary gifts, and this is her most affecting book yet, which I just wanted to keep reading and reading straight through to its climactic and emotional last pages, because its world felt completely realized, and completely real. Sullivan is a writer who offers up small human moments and large social ones, all within the frame of a truly good story. I loved it."

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