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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: Children's Fiction, Literary 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."
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."
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."
We Run the Tides (2021)
Vendela Vida
"We Run the Tides is saturated with feeling from the very start. It’s hypnotic, knowing, sometimes funny and always propulsive as it examines girlhood, friendship, and the strong pull of the past."
The Paper Palace (2021)
Miranda Cowley Heller
"Tightly woven and immediate, The Paper Palace takes us deep into a vivid summer landscape, a family, and a private, longstanding love story, and holds us there from start to finish."
A Play for the End of the World (2021)
Jai Chakrabarti
"A Play for the End of the World looks deeply at the echoes and overlaps among art, resistance,love, and history. Jai Chakrabarti is a lyrical writer, and this is an impressive debut."
Carry the Dog (2021)
Stephanie Gangi
"Powered by insight and true wit...I enjoyed it"
The Bar at Twilight (2022)
Frederic Tuten
"Frederic Tuten's stories are filled with art, dreams, yearning, and a past that he captures beautifully and deftly and then lets go. The Bar at Twilight is a wonderful, evocative collection."
The Latecomer (2022)
Jean Hanff Korelitz
"Jean Hanff Korelitz is an ambidextrous writer: not only can she write a tight and absorbing literary thriller like The Plot, but with The Latecomer she draws us in again, this time with her ease, grace and wit, in a satisfying novel that spans generations, lives, and fates."
We Do What We Do in the Dark (2022)
Michelle Hart
"Michelle Hart's first novel is a haunting study of solitude and connection, moving and memorable."
The Catch (2022)
Alison Fairbrother
"In this wonderful, wholly absorbing family drama with a mystery at its beating heart, Alison Fairbrother asks, What are we owed by the people we love? The answers she provides are funny, sad, complex, and always surprising. I loved this book and you will too."
Fellowship Point (2022)
Alice Elliott Dark
"Alice Elliott Dark is a writer I've long admired. With the splendid, engrossing Fellowship Point she has written a novel that is both sweeping and intimate as it deftly explores friendship, class, and the tricky nature of time."
Signal Fires (2022)
Dani Shapiro
"Signal Fires is a haunting, moving, and propulsive exploration of family secrets."

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