One winter a strange, formidable wind blows into the bedrooms of Stellar Plains, New Jersey, and most particularly, into the hearts and loins of Dory and Robby Lang - the easy-going and popular high school teachers at Eleanor Roosevelt High school - whose comfortable lives are suddenly thrown into confusion when Dory finds herself inexplicably repelled by her husband's touch.
Back at school, in a curious case of life imitating art, the mysterious new drama teacher Fran Heller chooses as the end-of-term play Aristophanes' comedy Lysistrata, in which women withhold sexual privileges from their menfolk as a way to end the interminable Peloponnesian War. All across town, a quiet battle starts to take place between the sexes as caresses go unreciprocated, relationships come to abrupt and unexpected ends and marital issues suddenly explode to the surface.
Women across Stellar Plains continue to be claimed by the spell - from Bev Cutler, the overweight guidance counsellor who has 'let herself go', to Leanne Bannerjee, the sexy school psychologist who could have any man she wants - even the Langs' teenage daughter, Willa, is not left untouched - until everything comes to a climax on the first night of Lysistrata...
Recommend this book
Add your recommendation
Only registered users can recommend books. Please use the buttons below to either create a new account, or sign-in to an existing account.
A novel that tingles with playfulness and wicked observation. - Independent
Enchanting from start to finish... thoughtful and touching and very funny - New York Times
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, NYT–bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge
Delightful and heartbreaking - The Times
Thoughtful and touching, The Uncoupling is also very funny - The Scotsman
In this fiercely funny, playful and always tender novel, Meg Wolitzer glories in the drama and the magic of falling in and out of love... and bed. The Uncoupling is, happily, a very sexy fable about sexual ennui. - Cathleen Schine, NYT–bestselling author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport
Wolitzer is both funny and true about ordinary people and all their frailties, and even whips magic into the mix without seeming fey. A fun, but not dumb, read - Psychologies
This is a gentle novel about gentle things... a delight to read - Observer
Her writing is effortlessly readable. - The Sunday Times
A feel-good novel that delivers on its promise - with satisfyingly tingly results - The Lady
Meg Wolitzer is the author of several acclaimed novels, most recently The Wife ('has you howling with recognition' Allison Pearson), The Position ('one of the best and most human books I've read all year' Erica Wagner) and The Ten-Year Nap ('wickedly, terrifically funny -- a true delight' Independent). She is married with two sons and lives in New York City.