Greer 是一個考上耶魯大學的聰明女生，但因為父母無力在經濟上援助她，Greer 只能進入平凡的賓州 Ryland 大學。
一天，害羞的大學新鮮人 Greer 陪她最好的朋友 Zee 參加一場女權主義集會，在那裡她第一次遇見女權運動先驅 Faith。數十年來 Faith 一直是婦女運動的核心人物，在第一次聽到 Faith 的演說時，Greer 還只是個與男友 Cory 大談戀愛的少女，但講座結束後，Greer 與 Faith 之間的一場深刻對話，讓 Greer 第一次感受到內心追求自我的渴望。
畢業後，Greer 在 Faith 的基金會裡得到一份工作，對未來充滿了希望。然而隨著故事展開，Greer 背叛了她最好的朋友，Faith 背叛了她的理想，而 Greer 與 Faith 也背叛了彼此。但兩人最終仍持續自己的目標，因為這正是女權主義者所會堅持下去的事……。
「在全球方興未艾的 #Metoo 運動中，梅格的小說顯得更有先見之明，揭示了女性成長與野心的複雜性，並展現出性別與權力之間複雜糾結的深刻觀察。」--《Vogue》（文 / 博客來編譯）
""No novel could feel more prescient in the #MeToo movement than Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion... Wolitzer’s ultra-readable latest illuminates the oceanic complexity of growing up female and ambitious--and reveals the author’s substantial insight into the tangles of gender and power.""--Vogue
""Symphonic... The perfect feminist blockbuster for our times."" -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.
To be admired by someone we admire - we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.
Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.