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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Perrotta Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise kids. It's got the proverbial good schools, solid values, and a healthy real-estate market. It's the kind of place where parents are involved in their children's lives, where no opportunity for enrichment goes unexplored.

Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school. She believes that pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power. Ruth's younger daughter's soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved. Tim belongs to The Tabernacle, an evangelical Christian church that doesn't approve of Ruth's style of teaching. And Ruth in turn doesn't applaud The Tabernacle's mission to take its message outside its doors. Adversaries in a small-town culture war, Ruth and Tim instinctively mistrust each other. But when a controversy on the soccer field pushes the two of them to actually talk to each other, they are forced to take each other at something other than face value.

The Abstinence Teacher exposes the powerful emotions that run beneath the surface of modern American family life and explores the complex spiritual and sexual lives of ordinary people. Elegantly written, it is characterized by the distinctive mix of satire and compassion that have animated Perrotta's previous novels. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tina Mcnerthney | 2/15/2014

    " Had a hard time getting into this book at first, but it grew on me. Reading it reminded me of my childhood, growing up Catholic and going to parochial school in a liberal town. Good read although not Perrotta's best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenabra | 2/14/2014

    " Perrota writes about the dark underside of suburbia, and adult life. The characters in The Abstinence Teacher find themselves on opposite sides of religious issues in a small town, with an enjoyable romantic tension between them. Abstinence, they find, is a kind of teacher, and so is life. Perrota's books are funny, true, and captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/12/2014

    " Book on CD. I could listen to Campbell Scott all day. The book was silly...lonely liberal, agnostic divorcee sex ed teacher dukes it out (and finds love?) with married, recovering substance abuser, born again (but rethinking this) soccer coach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tayla | 2/1/2014

    " I've read other Tom Perrotta books and always find them interesting and intelligent. A good, quick read. They're thought provoking and cover controversial issues without necessarily forcing a point of view on the reader, though you can probably guess what his views are... "

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