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The Uncoupling
by Meg Wolitzer

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From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Ten- Year Nap"--a funny, provocative novel about female desire.

When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses "Lysistrata" as the school play-the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war-a strange spell seems to be cast over the school.  Read more...


 
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Overview

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Ten- Year Nap"--a funny, provocative novel about female desire.

When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses "Lysistrata" as the school play-the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war-a strange spell seems to be cast over the school. Or, at least, over the women. One by one throughout the high school community, perfectly healthy, normal women and teenage girls turn away from their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom, for reasons they don't really understand. As the women worry over their loss of passion and the men become by turns unhappy, offended, and above all, confused, both sides are forced to look at their shared history, and at their sexual selves in a new light.
Meg Wolitzers's newest book, "The Interestings," is now available from Riverhead Books.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594485657
  • ISBN-10: 1594485658
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publish Date: March 2012
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP


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Set in Stellar Plains, New Jersey, Meg Wolitzer’s latest novel takes its provocative premise from an ancient Greek play. When high school drama teacher Fran Heller holds rehearsals for Aristophanes’ Lysistrata—in which the women of Greece stop having sex in an effort to end the Peloponnesian War—a mysterious change overcomes the town’s female population. Losing all desire for sex, the women of Stellar Plains distance themselves from their partners. The condition affects long-established couples and new lovers alike, from ardent English instructors Robby and Dory Lang to their young daughter Willa. Matters come to a head when Marissa Clayborn, who plays Lysistrata, begins a personal demonstration against the war in Afghanistan. Providing the reader with plenty of food for thought regarding the impulses that drive both genders, The Uncoupling is a highly illuminating and wonderfully humorous novel.

 
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