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Book Review

‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer

‘Baby boomers” refers to people born between 1945 and 1964, but these years really span two generations. Those born before the mid-1950s fought in Vietnam, went to Woodstock, and staged sit-ins on college campuses, while their younger siblings were home watching Gomer Pyle and “The Brady Bunch” on television.

The main characters in Meg Wolitzer’s complex and engaging new novel, “The Interestings,” were born in 1959 (as was Wolitzer). They’re members of that shadow generation, not old enough to have participated fully in the dramatic events that dominated their childhoods, vaguely aware that when they finally arrived late to the party of adulthood, it, and they, might turn out to be less fascinating than they hoped.

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