"The Position: A Novel" by Meg Wolitzer

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Two mid-seventies free loving parents of four write a best selling Joyof Sex type sex manual. Flash to the present. How have the parents andchildren dealt with book?

A great concept, but the book doesn't deliver. The author doesn't letthe characters speak for themselves.

The mother and father are stereotypical hippie academics. Separated acouple of years after the book. In the present, a publisher wants toreissue the book. The mother is desperate to regain the celebrity, butthe father wants nothing to do with it.

The oldest child, Holly doesn't have much to do with the family.Rebellious as a teenager, now unhappily married to a doctor in L.A.

Michael, the older son is a software engineer living with his actressgirlfriend in N.Y. He heads to Florida to try and talk his father intothe book deal.

Dashiell is the next in line. A gay republican political speech writerliving with his partner in Rhode Island. Dashiell discovers he hasHodgkin's disease and has to undergo chemotherapy. No surprise there. Ahealthy gay character simply is not allowed in American novels. Also,the authors political opinions and prejudices about present day Americaare spoken clearly in the authors voice in the Dashiell sections of thebook.

Claudia is the youngest. She is a bit lost and uncertain. She is in filmschool and currently working on a film project. She is interviewing herelementary school teachers.

As I said, a great concept for a book but it doesn't deliver. If theauthor had limited the story to one or two of the characters and allowedthem to speak for themselves it would have had a chance. But as written,it is just not a good read.

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