The Uncoupling (Paperback)
|Author: Meg Wolitzer|
|From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Ten-Year Nap" comes a funny, provocative, revealing novel about female desire.|
From the Publisher:
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.
The text of a Greek comedy about women who boycott sex to end a war gets loose in a high school in Meg Wolitzer's novel THE UNCOUPLING, spreading a trend of withheld kisses and other bedtime activities throughout the community. Teachers and students alike abstain from husbands and boyfriends, while the lead in the drama club's production of Aristophanes unofficially declares the movement a protest to America's war in Afghanistan. As expected, the women's chastity drives local men to the bursting point, and Wolitzer's hilarious gender satire honors its Peloponnesian roots with a third act that brings the house down and sends feathers flying.