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The Position by Meg Wolitzer
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Feb 05, 2009

Reviewers enjoyed the well-drawn characters in Wolitzer's sixth novel, especially former druggie Holly, depressed Michael, gay Republican Dashiell, and the lost youngest sibling, Claudia. The humor hits the mark, and to many, this book resembled the family dysfunction played to such great effect in Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. Detractors felt that Wolitzer neglected to create the payoff for the complicated situations she so carefully set up, and that the family's release and forgiveness after their traumas should have been less moralistic. But overall The Position is a fine effort with many memorable moments and questions, including one you may have asked yourself before: "How did children raised in the same family end up so different from one another?"

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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