By Meg Wolitzer
Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743261807, 307pp.
Publication Date: June 13, 2006
Crackling with intelligence and humor, The Position is the masterful story of one extraordinary family at the hilarious height of the sexual revolution--and through the thirty-year hangover that followed.
In 1975, Paul and Roz Mellow write a bestselling Joy of Sex-type book that mortifies their four school-aged children and ultimately changes the shape of the family forever. Thirty years later, as the now dispersed family members argue over whether to reissue the book, we follow the complicated lives of each of the grown children and their conflicts in love, work, marriage, parenting, and, of course, sex--all shadowed by the indelible specter of their highly sexualized parents. Insightful, panoramic, and compulsively readable, The Position is an American original.
"Sly and delicious . . . Her richest and most substantial [novel yet]."
-- The Washington Post
"[In this] novel of sexual politics and family farce . . . Wolitzer's comic timing never wavers, and she has an astute grasp of the way one generation's liberation inspires the next generation's pity."
-- The New Yorker
"You know families are this funny, you know they are this weird. But never has this realization been such a welcome and entertaining relief."
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Painfully funny and brilliantly executed . . . utterly original."
-- Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors
"Hilariously moving, sharply written . . . The Position will resonate with anyone who has ever walked in on their parents doing the deed -- and for all of us who have had to accept that our mothers and fathers are normal people with healthy sex drives."
-- USA Today