The Uncoupling

The Uncoupling

by Meg Wolitzer
3.1 44


View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Get it by Monday, August 21 ,  Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.
    Same Day delivery in Manhattan. 


The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594487880
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,239,301
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Meg Wolitzer is the author of eight previous novels, including The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

May 28, 1959

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York


B.A., Brown University, 1981

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Uncoupling 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Stellar Plains, New Jersey, drama teacher Fran Heller chooses the Ancient Greek classic Lysistrata as the play her students will perform. However the anti-war comedy has a strange effect on the town's females. Just like in Aristophanes' drama, the adult women and teen girls refuse to have sex with their male counterparts. Though in the Greek drama it was to end the endless Peloponnesian War; none of the Jersey women know why, No exceptions to the sexual abstinence rule surfaces. The guys are stunned as their seductive efforts fail miserably. The women wonder where the passion went while the men wonder where the women went. All are unhappy as a spell has been cast leading to the Uncoupling of couples breaking up. This is an intriguing sort of adult fairy tale look at female sexuality in the age of social media when people are living much longer. The story line is character driven by the couples struggling with frustration over unfulfilled basic needs although the female side is much more complicated. Readers will enjoy the New Jersey Housewives and other females starring in Mg Wolitzer's modern day rendition of Lysistrata. Harriet Klausner
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
When a new drama teacher comes to town and decides to put on a production of Lysistrata, the women of Stellar Plains suddenly turn against their significant others by withholding sex. Although the play is about just that, the women do not consider this fact as a cold wind rolls through town, taking their sexual appetites with them. This was an interesting read. It's a satire with a bit of magical realism tossed in. Wolitzer takes a topic that has been discussed many, many times before and somehow makes it fresh. Because let's face it, women have been turning men away for years. Especially married women. No need to be secretive here but with kids, work and the day-to-day stuff that goes on, it happens all the time. Except, these women can't figure out why. They are confused and don't understand how one day you can be lusting after your husband and the next day.poof! As each character goes within herself to find out why, insecurities and frustration come flooding out. This is one of those novels where characters are well-developed and likable but don't really matter. I should say, that their names don't really matter. These characters are universal and can be found in any town and I think Wolitzer purposely wrote them that way. In fact, the town.neither big nor small could be Anytown, USA. It's a "slice of life" story. The kind of story that allows you to take what you want from it. I will say this, towards the end of the book, a political statement is made regarding the war in Afghanistan and although I can see why Wolitzer thought it would tie-in, it didn't and actually pulled me right out of the story. The magical elements disintegrated and I was quickly brought back to reality. In summary, I liked the story and how the characters meshed with one another and I liked how generic the characters were. It allowed me to easily escape into their world. I found the writing to be beautiful and although the ending sort of threw me, it didn't affect my overall feeling towards the book. I am not a fan of magical realism but it was very subtle and handled well. Overall, a quick but engaging read.
Lennon More than 1 year ago
This book sounded intriguing to me. In fact I was just telling my husband how I had never read a book that I didn't like and then sure enough, I bought this and STUPID! I did finish it, hoping that it would get better, but it didn't. The story line had such potential, but it just fell flat. Don't spend the money to read this. Go to the library and see for yourself.
Heidi_Dances More than 1 year ago
The new and eccentric drama teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School makes a radical choice and announces the school play will be Lysistrata, a Greek comedy by Aristophanes in which women withhold sex from men until war is over. As the play is rehearsed in preparation for the only performance, a spell is cast over the citizens of the small New Jersey town. The spell leaves no one's sex life untouched as women lose all interest, and not even the perfect couple, favorite English teachers, Robby and Dory Lang, are unaffected. With the demise of female sexual desire men and women, both young and old, have to reexamine their relationships and the role sex plays in their lives. During the performance of the play, unhappy men take over the stage to try to put back together the fabric of their relationships. No one in the audience will remember later what happened on the stage when the spell is undone. But their relationships have changed and they must take the restoration of desire and sex and forge new bonds of love and intimacy both physical and emotional. This book befuddled me. I was anxious to pick it up each time because it was interesting, but I'm not sure what I found interesting about it. In one word the book is about sex but without any juicy sex scenes. The plot was uncertain though I wanted to know what would happen next. The main characters seemed one dimensional, not quite teased out, and not even likeable except maybe Dory. The conclusion was a little confusing and unfinished, but I had already guessed how it would end. It was entirely bewildering. However I think it was the way it was written that kept me going. Wolitzer's writing was wonderful and I appreciated the style all the way through. I can't think of anyone I would recommend The Uncoupling to, but I enjoyed the read. Hmmmm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
suzgerdes More than 1 year ago
The uncoupling started out very intriguing...going through different women's experience of "uncoupling." I enjoyed how it played out in different relationships and how women of different ages were affected. The ending just fell short of what it could have been leading up to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cowpen More than 1 year ago
An interesting twist on a much written subject about love and sex. Meg Wolitzer keeps you guessing about the outcome while reflecting on your own personal thoughts and experiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago