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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wolitzer makes it work, thanks to sharp characterizations and acute observations on everything from the digital generation gap to the accommodations made in a long marriage…A risky strategy pays off for a smart author whose work both amuses and hits home.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “It reads and infects like a dreamy fairy tale with beautifully expressive and strangely enticing writing. Wolitzer again tackles a complicated and provocative subject, female sexuality, with creativity and insight.”

    Library Journal (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’s] wittiest and most incisive work yet, she delivers a modern version of the ancient Lysistrata story…Stunningly insightful, characteristically hilarious, Wolitzer’s latest holds a mirror up to modern America, offering a shock of recognition amid the laughter.”

    People

  • “Wolitzer writes with barbed insight.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A sage exploration of the role of sex in both sustaining and wrecking relationships…Ours is an age when grown-ups read novels intended for teenagers, The Uncoupling is a book written for grown-ups that teenagers would do well to consult.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[Wolitzer] masterfully charts the peaks and falls of desire that naturally come with age. Brutally honest, and incredibly surreal, Wolitzer is able to perfectly tap into the female psyche by displaying to male and female readers alike what actually happens when the lights go off and the covers are turned down.”

    BookPage

  • “A funny, disarming fable…Comic, compelling, and circles very close to home.”

    Oregonian

  • The Uncoupling is a smooth and often enchanting read that reveals a wry understanding of modern relationships and generations.”

    Seattle Times

  • “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

  • “Meg Wolitzer has a knack for inviting readers into the bedrooms of her protagonists and then slyly but oh so tastefully reminding readers that their (sex) lives are not so different from those of her fictional couples…Wolitzer’s talent is in her ability to use the sex strike to examine what makes marriages strong and what makes and break them, and it’s not always about the sex.”

    USA Today

  • “In Meg Wolitzer’s superb new book, The Uncoupling a new drama teacher shows up in a small town and stages ‘Lysistrata,’ the ancient Greek play in which women decide to ditch their fellas until they put an end to the Peloponnesian War. The play casts a spell on the town, and soon husbands and boyfriends are out of luck.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “With her humorous voice, ecstatic prose, and unique historical backdrop, Wolitzer sheds light on the changing nature of female sexuality over time.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Lifting the veil on intimacy that has ‘caved in and collapsed,’ Wolitzer has written a novel that may tempt you to muse on the ups and downs of your own erotic life.”

    More

  • “In The Uncoupling stealth feminist Meg Wolitzer expertly teases out the socio-sexual power dynamics between men and women.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “In The Uncoupling, bestselling author Meg Wolitzer sets up a twenty-first century parable that blends the supernatural with the decidedly real…The Uncoupling is a fast, fun read, and like all off-kilter thought experiments, it asks us to reexamine the experiences we accept unthinkingly as well as the very language we use to describe them. Desire is enchanting, but its sudden absence can feel like a curse.”

    NPR

  • “Wolitzer is a tender, engaging narrator…This is the suburban comedy of Tom Perrotta in a flannel nightgown. The Uncoupling provides the charm of recognizing your own nervous tics and anxieties laid out by an author who’s not out to get you.”

    Washington Post

  • The Uncoupling is enchanting from start to finish…Thoughtful and touching, The Uncoupling is also very funny.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Selected for the April 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bridget | 5/23/2011

    " Like Banville's "The Infinities," I felt like this book would have been so much stronger, so much more a pleasure to read, if the mythical subplot had been dropped and the characters had been, instead, motivated emotionally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bethany | 5/22/2011

    " Nowhere close to The Ten-Year nap, but still a good enough read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jayne | 5/21/2011

    " The first 30 pages or so are lyrical and highly perceptive - but then the story becomes tedious and predictable. Its premise has so much potential for a thought provoking novel. Maybe it would have been better as a short story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linnet | 5/18/2011

    " The power of drama -- the new art teacher comes to the high school, begins a production of Lysistrata and all the women in town make a stand for celibacy. Huh? "

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