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Meg Wolitzer's novels include The Wife, The Position, The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling and The Interestings. The Interestings, published in August last year, was a New York Times bestseller and compared to the likes of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides' The Marriage Plot.
She is married with two sons and lives in New York City.
October 2014 Book of the Month Jam’s life changed forever on the day that Reeve Maxfield died. She withdraws into herself no longer wishing to live in a world without Reeve. In desperation her parents enrol her into ‘The Wooden Barn’, a boarding school where other ‘emotionally fragile, highly intelligent’ students are each trying to come to terms with their own personal trauma. When Jam is selected for ‘Special Topics in English’ she is initially disinterested but is soon swept along studying Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and writing in her journal. Something unusual begins to happen to each of the students. What is the strange world that is Belzhar and will if finally return them to their lives and the world they left behind? Meg Wolitzer's beautiful, poignant writing captures the angst and darkness of a troubled teenage mind perfectly. Belzhar is a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance. ~ Shelley Fallows
I was sent here because of a boy. His name was Reeve Maxfield, and I loved him and then he died, and almost a year passed and no one knew what to do with me. A group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers gather at a therapeutic boarding school where they are mysteriously picked for 'Special Topics in English'. Here, they are tasked with studying Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jarand keeping a journal. Each time the teens write in their diaries they are transported to a miraculous other world called Belzhar, a world where they are no longer haunted by their trauma and grief - and each begins to tell their own story. From internationally bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, and published by John Green's editor, Belzharis a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance. Entertainment Weekly's YA book of 2014 TIME Magazine's Top Ten YA of 2014 Kobo's best of 2014 Amazon's best books of 2014 'A story about what it means to lose someone, or something, you love. Twice.' Kirkus Reviews 'A welcome attack on continuing to live in the past at the expense of the present...Dry humour accompanies each journey in this readable novel, already selling well in America and deservedly so' Independent 'Breathtaking' Glamourmagazine 'Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing' New York Times 'An engaging fable about literature's healing power'Financial Times
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