The Position

The Position

by Meg Wolitzer
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Overview

The Position by Meg Wolitzer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743261784
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 03/08/2005
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Meg Wolitzer's novels include Sleepwalking; This Is Your Life; Surrender, Dorothy; and The Wife. She lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

May 28, 1959

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

B.A., Brown University, 1981

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just icky. I am not interested in reading about such unpleasant people. And why do authors need to write about young people getting cancer? It seemed completely gratuitous to the story. This was a waste of my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a big disappointment. I wanted to finish reading it to see what happened but now that I finished it, I'm wondering why I bothered. The writer spent too much time on what the characters were thinking and not enough time developing the story. The glimpses into the children's lives were brief and unfulfilling. --K--
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was different from most I've read. It was interesting to see how each of the children react differently the book their parents publish but I felt a couple of the characters were under-developed and some could have had a larger role. There were parts that were hilarious but overall it wasn't greatly impressed
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with everything about this book. The irony that the book that was created to show the parents love for one another and saved marriages around the world only to isolate and ultimately break the Mellow family. While it isn't exactly a happy ending but more of a real to life dipiction of how a family eventually cycles through problems...whether they like it or no. the The characters are flawed, complicated beautiful characters that made me laugh and cry and yearn to give them all a damn hug.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had a very interesting premise, but I was rather dissapointed at how the story developed. I kept wanting more from the characters, it was like she would give us a glimpse of who they are, but would then close them down before we really got acquainted with them. I was incredibly dissapointed with the ending. Interesting read, but wasn't nearly as good as I hoped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet meditation on growth. Life, love, loss, and of course sex, is the stuff of life. This novel shares with us the burden the four children endure discovering their parents, who have written a devestatingly humiliating sex how to book in the 19790's, and just how pivotal this book was in their formative years. 30 years and many pains later they come together to renegotiate their lives and what defines their happiness. This book was bitter sweet and thoroughly readable. Hated to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do people remember The Joy of Sex? Or, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about sex but were Afraid to Ask? I don't know about anybody else, but I used to look at the pictures inside, which really freaked me out, when I was a kid -- in fact all the kids in my family did. Now: imagine what it would be like if those people in the pictures were your PARENTS! Meg wolitzer does. The Position, which is her wonderful new novel is about the lives of this family -- the kids in particular, growing older, and how having parents like that impacted their lives. The characters are wonderfully drawn (no pun intended) and wolitzer's trademark sparkling humor and style are everpresent. I recommend this book wholeheartedly. It's perfect for the beach or just for lazing out in your backyard with a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really looking for a good, humorous summer read...and this was not it! I kept thinking that it had to get better, reading page after page, but it didn't. I was really hoping for more. The chapters were also very disjointed, and I did not find myself attaching to any of the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is all about the family. Each person is impacted differently by the discovery of the book the parents wrote. The book tells how each child of the family grows up and lives out their lives, the choices they make, and how the family interacts with eachother as adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my pick for a book club and I can hardly get through it. The writing style is distracting and I'm not finding any of the humor I was looking for. Very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I still miss watching 'Love American Style' as a young boy. Meg has brought back fond memories and I really enjoyed her book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Meg's books. They're so rich and full of live and I never, ever get tired of them. She doesn't disappoint, here. You will find yourself completely sucked into the story and you won't be able to put the book down.