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  • Published: 15 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099553960
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

The Uncoupling

Tender yet wickedly intelligent summer reading from Anne Tyler's naughty little sister

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...

  • Pub date: 15 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099553960
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Uncoupling (‘tingles with playfulness and wicked observation’ Independent), 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 (‘as incisive and pitiless and clear-eyed a chronicler of female-male tandems as Philip Roth or John Updike' Chicago Tribune). Most recently, The Interestings was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York City.

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Praise for The Uncoupling

“Delightful and heartbreaking”

David Baddiel, The Times

“Her writing is effortlessly readable”

Lucy Scholes, Sunday Times

“A novel that tingles with playfulness and wicked observation”


“There are lots of sharp insights on the generation gap, the pseudo-intimacy generated by the internet, and American high-school life; Wolitzer displays perfect comic timing in her awkward chats between jocular teachers and mortified teens”


“Highly entertaining and a serious page-turner. Wolitzer's humour and language create a compelling read”


“The Uncoupling is wittily done, with an attention to the minutiae of lives worthy of John Updike”

Christina Koning, The Times

“There aren’t many writers who manage to handle bedroom scenes as blithely as comic novelist Meg Wolitzer… In a novel that tingles with playfulness and laugh-out-loud observation, she poses questions about long-term intimacy and the death of desire”

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

“This is a gentle novel about gentle things...a delight to read”

Hermione Hoby, Observer

“Thoughtful and touching, The Uncoupling is also very funny”

Jincy Willett, Scotsman

“Endearing light comedy”

Carla McKay, Daily Mail

“Reminiscent of early Margaret Atwood, this is the poignant story of a spell that compels the women in a suburban town to refuse sex with their men”

Sunday Telegraph

“Her prose is elegant and her humour nicely pitched”

David Evans, Independent on Sunday

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