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Feminism and its fictional discontents

WHAT MAKES A GOOD FEMINIST? WHO IS PERMITTED TO claim the title? Meg Wolitzer poses these questions and others in her cheerful, sprawling and well-meaning new novel, The Female Persuasion. She doesn’t provide definite answers. Instead, she explores how three young people and a couple of older ones become the individuals they were meant to be.

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