The Uncoupling

The Uncoupling

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781594487880
Branch Call Number: WOLI
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 24 cm

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wordbaker Jun 03, 2014

the book is too slow, but the ending seems to be put together too fast. a waste of time

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september10
Aug 29, 2012

While this book has an interesting premise, I didn't really like the story that much. It was just weird and the "spell" is not logical nor constructed well enough in the story to allow the reader (or at least me) to suspend disbelief and not question how it all could happen.

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LeslieP9
Jul 27, 2012

Interesting book. A drama teacher new to a suburban New Jersey school decides to produce the Greek comedy Lysistrata for the winter school play. As the play is first announced, then students start trying out for it, the women around town find themselves turning away from men. Meg Wolitzer explores the ways in which relationships are affected with the shifting responses. An interesting read.

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Muttlery
Jul 22, 2012

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Maybe I related as a mother with three children and part-time teacher. It is beautifully written, and the themes and issues explored relevant and thought provoking. It is touching and humorous. Cleverly written...I suspended all disbelief. I am now going to read her other books. So much better than all that other 'female' literature such as 50 shades, which I couldn't even persevere with...the intimacy in this novel is heartfelt and not superficial. She writes the teen characters wonderfully and the relationships bw parents, teens and teachers are are an accurate depiction in my eyes. Loved it.

wick3dang3l175 Mar 27, 2012

I didn't really enjoy this book. The story plot was interesting at the begining but it didnt take off for me.

PrimaGigi Oct 09, 2011

Great prose. I just couldn't get attached to the story as I should have. Every time I read a paragraph it felt as if I was reading an episode of <i>Desperate Housewives</i>. No really needs that much narration about lingering glances and kisses. Simply write out the story.

DesiredEffect Oct 07, 2011

This book was returned.

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burleighsmith
Jul 19, 2011

Really a great concept for this story: updating Lysistrata to contemporary America. Works amazingly well. Imagine it’d be great fun for mature high schoolers. It nicely turns the table on gender power, and urged me to be more familiar with classic Greek plays.

reissja Jul 08, 2011

This book is a laff riot. From its title I was expecting another of Wolitzer's dissections of suburbia, emphasizing divorce. Thank Eros, she goes off in a fresher direction. Part fairy tale, part parable, this book deals with sex in a devastatingly new yet Classical--as in Greek antiquity--way. Wolitzer describes what happens when a performance of Aristophanes's "Lyisitrata" in a New Jersey high school results in the local district's women being hit with a gale of frigidity and abandoning their men. If this sounds over-the-top, Wolitzer's down-to-earth writing brings the subject home hilariously, with serious overtones. I grew up on Wolitzer's mother the redoubtable Hilma Wolitzer's fiction. In this case the daughter more than matches her mom. I gobbled up "The Uncoupling" in two sittings.

debwalker Apr 27, 2011

"Every few years, Meg Wolitzer produces a sparkling new novel that brings back the shine to big, tarnished issues of gender politics. She's applied a lot of elbow grease especially to the matter of women's pull between work and family and the role of sexuality in family dynamics.

With The Uncoupling, Wolitzer takes on lagging lust and the vicissitudes of female desire in a fable-like tale."
Heller McAlpin
NPR

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