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The Position

(2005)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Sex, love, the 1970s,

and one extraordinary family

that lived to tell the tale


Crackling with intelligence and original humor, The Position is a masterful take on sex and the suburban American family at the hilarious height of the sexual revolution and throughout the thirty-year hangover that followed. Meg Wolitzer, the author of the much-acclaimed novel The Wife (named a notable book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Newsday), takes another huge step forward with this new book and showcases her distinctive voice, pitch-perfect observations, electric wit, and depth of emotion.

In 1975, suburban parents Paul and Roz Mellow write a Joy of Sex-type book called Pleasuring: One Couple's Journey to Fulfillment, which becomes a surprise runaway bestseller. The Position opens with the four Mellow children, aged six to fifteen, at the moment when they see the mortifying book (and the graphic, pastel illustrations of their parents' creative, vigorous lovemaking) for the very first time -- an experience that will forever complicate their ideas about sex, parents, families, and themselves. The book brings a strange celebrity and small fortune ("sex money" the children call it) to the Mellows and ultimately changes the shape of the family forever.

Thirty years later, as the now-dispersed family members argue about whether to reissue the book, we follow the complicated lives of each of the grown children as they confront their own struggles with love, work, sex, death, and the indelible early specter of their erotically charged parents.

Some novels are about family, and others are about sex. The Position is about sex within the context of a family. Insightful, witty, panoramic, and heartbreaking, it is a compulsively readable novel about an eternally mystifying subject: how a group of people growing up in one house can become so very different from one another.

 
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Used availability for Meg Wolitzer's The Position


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Hardback Editions

August 2005 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Position
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
ISBN: 0-7011-7890-6 / 978-0-7011-7890-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2005 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Position: A Novel
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
ISBN: 0-7432-6178-X / 978-0-7432-6178-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

August 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Position
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
ISBN: 0-09-948505-2 / 978-0-09-948505-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2006 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Position: A Novel
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
ISBN: 0-7432-6180-1 / 978-0-7432-6180-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

June 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Position: A Novel
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
ISBN: 1-5046-0316-8 / 978-1-5046-0316-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Position: Library Edition
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
ISBN: 1-5046-0314-1 / 978-1-5046-0314-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Position: A Novel
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
ISBN: 1-5046-0315-X / 978-1-5046-0315-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Position: A Novel
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

February 2012 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Position
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Position: A Novel
Author(s): Meg Wolitzer
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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