The Uncoupling

The Uncoupling

by Meg Wolitzer

Arlene Almas: An unconventional new drama teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Stellar Plains, New Jersey, announces that the first play she will present with the students is "Lysistrata," by the ancient Greek writer Aristophanes. The plot involves women's refusal to have sex with men until they put an end to the war they've been fighting for decades. In Stellar Plains, apparently due to the influence of the play, a kind of spell spreads throughout the community causing women and girls to lose all desire for sexual relations with men and boys. As we get to know the families and individuals the novel focuses on, including the drama teacher and her son, we can appreciate not only the humor but also the depth of feeling the author has incorporated into her unusual and amusing story.
Rating: ****

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