The Uncoupling: Book summary and reviews of The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

The Uncoupling

A Novel

By Meg Wolitzer

The Uncoupling
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2011,
    288 pages.

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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.

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"Despite the great premise and Wolitzer's confident prose, the story never really picks up any momentum, and the questions posed... are intriguing but lack wallop." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. While zestfully exploring the nexus between complacency and desire, Wolitzer's hip, glib, impish scenario shrewdly examines the intricate connections between war and sex and perceptively illuminates the power of timeless literature." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Wolitzer again tackles a complicated and provocative subject, female sexuality, with creativity and insight. Her fans and readers of women's fiction that's smart and snappy will want this." - Library Journal

"A risky strategy pays off for a smart author whose work both amuses and hits home." - Kirkus Reviews

"Meg Wolitzer, like Tom Perrotta, is an author who makes you wonder why more people don't write perceptive, entertaining, unassuming novels about how and why ordinary people choose to make decisions about their lives.... The Uncoupling is a novel that can't help but make you think about your own relationship - about what it consists of, what would be left if sex were taken away, how far you'd be prepared to go in order to keep it in your life somewhere, and so on." - Nick Hornby, The Believer

"Wolitzer writes of a spell cast upon a town-but she superbly casts it upon the reader as well. This deftly written tale of bewildered women (and their men) is always surprising and always engaging, both funny and serious at the same time, a wonderful read." - Elizabeth Strout, New York Times-bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge

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Meg Wolitzer Author Biography

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Meg Wolitzer's novels include The Interestings; The Uncoupling; The Ten-Year Nap; The Position; and The Wife. She is also the author of a novel for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman. Wolitzer's short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. In September 2013, along with singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche, she will be a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier program at Princeton University.

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