The Uncoupling

The Uncoupling

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From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Ten-Year Nap, " a funny, provocative, revealing novel about female desire.
When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play "Lysistrata"-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.
As she did to such acclaim with the "New York Times" bestseller "The Ten-Year Nap, " Wolitzer tackles an issue that has deep ramifications for women's lives, in a way that makes it funny, riveting, and totally fresh-allowing us to see our own lives through her insightful lens.
Read an essay about writing "The Uncoupling" from the author, Meg Wolitzer.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 271 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 159448788X
  • 9781594487880
  • 870,108

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"At this point in her career, Meg Wolitzer deserves to be a household name. Every few years she turns out a sparkling novel that manages to bring the shine back to big, tarnished issues of gender politics, such as women's pull between work and family, or the role of sexuality in family dynamics."
-"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Imagine that a high-school play could cast a spell, transforming not just its cast but also the faculty members around it, mysteriously changing their lives. Such is the irresistible premise of Meg Wolitzer's ninth novel, "The Uncoupling," in which a suburban New Jersey community is altered by a production of "Lysistrata" . . . . "The Uncoupling" is a smooth and often enchanting read that reveals a wry understanding of modern relationships and generations."
-"The Seattle Times"
"A funny, disarming fable...comic, compelling and circles very close to home."
-"The Portland Oregonian"
"[Wolitzer] masterfully charts the peaks and
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About Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is the author of eight previous novels, including "The Ten-Year Nap," "The Position," and "The Wife." Her short fiction has appeared in "The Best American Short Stories" and "The Pushcart Prize." She lives in New York City.
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7,145 ratings
2.9 out of 5 stars
5 5% (332)
4 20% (1,411)
3 43% (3,067)
2 26% (1,890)
1 6% (445)
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