"Slowly, the movement away from the creative, and toward the creativity of money, was becoming increasingly visible."
New Yorker Meg Wolitzer has been writing novels for a while, but 2013's "The Interestings" brought her to the attention of a wider audience. Six teenagers meet at a summer camp in the 70s, which is a formative experience for them all, and they stay friends, even as their lives diverge in many ways. It could be cliched, but Wolitzer creates fully realized and nuanced characters and deftly weaves all the story lines together while exploring big themes (without being heavy-handed). A great novel. I also really admired her latest, "The Female Persuasion."