Title: The Uncoupling
Author: Meg Wolitzer
Publication Year: 2011
Edition: audio book
Reader: Angela Brazil (good)
Date Completed: 6/17/2011
Setting: New Jersey
Recommend: probably not
In search of light read, The Uncoupling, by Meg Wolitzer seemed like a good choice.
Dory and Robby Lang, English teachers from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Stellar Plains, New Jersey. They seem like the couple who has everything going for them. In their 40's, married fifteen years, and they are happy with their life, until one night when Robby's amorous advances send ice cold chills trough Dory's once responsive body. When this happens again and again, she doesn't understand what is happening to make her feel this way. She finds herself apologizing to Robby for the way she has been acting.
It's not long before Dory realizes that she is not alone. Her lack of interest in sex has hit other staff members at the school as well. It seems that this sudden disinterest in sex all began around the time students at the school began practicing for the school play, Lysistrata.
The book is an off shoot to the Greek play Lysistrata, where Greek woman had withheld sex in the hopes of ending the Peloponnesian War. I liked the way the author made this not just Dory and Robby's problem, but one that affected other staff members as well. To me this added interest to the sometimes funny, but other times flat writing. And, while I liked the message the novel drove home, about the importance of nurturing relationships, the ending, without giving spoilers, just didn't work for me, and in the end this novel fell short.
Did you read this one? What did you think?