From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance....
For a group of friends, the past decade has been defined by marriage and motherhood. But when Amy meets a woman who seems to have it all, a lifetime's worth of concerns opens up....
The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are 35,000 feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki....
From best-selling author Meg Wolitzer a dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships....
In 1975 Paul and Roz Mellow wrote a best-selling Joy of Sex-type book that mortified their four school-aged children and ultimately changed the shape of the family forever.
Nora and Theresa Flynn are 21 and 17 when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America....
Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb....
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court....
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly....
After a disturbing email sparks Waite's suspicion that her husband is having an affair, she tries to uncover the truth....
Today Will Be Different is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living....
At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park and is immediately caught by their freedom....
Meg Wolitzer's gift for fleshing out the nuances of a character comes once again to light in this undeniably realistic look at relationships that have been touched by just the faintest hint of tragic magic. Wolitzer, daughter of novelist Hilma Wolitzer, has been turning out a critically acclaimed new novel every three or four years since the mid-eighties. Two of those seven books have been adapted for the screen, once for Nora Ephron and once for television, and her eighth novel, The Uncoupling, seems ripe for similar treatment.
The story, in part, is about the power of theater to change our lives, so naturally an actor would narrate most sympathetically. Angela Brazil, voice instructor at Clark University and longtime member of the Trinity Reparatory Company, serves nicely for offering proper perspective on the lives of the ladies of Stellar Plains High School. A wave of disinterested prudery is sweeping the town, somehow in conjunction with the arrival of the new drama teacher, who bucks convention by staging Aristophanes' Lysistrata for the school play a comedy about women who stop having sex with men to put an end to the war. Brazil inflects each woman's thoughts differently, but doesn't overact them. The author's deep descriptions draw in the listener without any added embellishment.
The narrator simply burrows into the core of each woman: a teacher whose years of happy marriage suddenly evaporate into a cold but civil peace; the teacher's daughter who lovingly loses her virginity only to find she's lost all feeling for the boy she gave it to; and the school guidance counselor juggling several beaus that she abruptly drops all at once. Wolitzer's story is both ancient and timely, and Brazil does a magnificent job of conveying how these subtleties of frustration eventually reach a boiling point. The relationships at stake are three-dimensional and familiar, and listeners will find themselves rooting for the spell to lift, for the benefit of their own love lives as much as for the ones depicted in the novel. Megan Volpert
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.
I bought this book based on a generally favorable New York Times review and the quirky concept upon which the story is based. I expected something a little better than ordinary; something quick and entertaining.
Yes, it met those expectations.
What I didn't expect was writing of extraordinary quality. The book moved from laugh-out-loud funny to painfully sad then back again. Meg Wolitzer fearlessly delves into the most intimate aspects of relationships that, at first, generates a (blushing) "wow," then evolves into an enthralled "wow."
The book is read beautifully.
All in all, this is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I cannot recommend the book highly enough.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Probably only a female friend, and someone who liked literature.
Any additional comments?
I really enjoyed the story, and continue to turn the gender politics of it over in my mind. Great narrative, and strong narration. Wonderful book.
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Such an interesting concept, really enjoyed this book, beautifully read and beautifully written Recommended read
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My second Meg Wolitzer book. She is definitely a women's author. Unique plots told strictly from a woman's perspective. Interestingly, in her interview with Bob Edwards, she talks about not being just for women. Her plots are very original, but about one tick from being Romance titles. Not as good as Kim Wright, but if you're a man (like me) who likes books that help you understand a little of how women see life, try Wolitzer's "Position" first then this one. Also try Kim Wright's "The Unexpected Waltz".
If you could sum up The Uncoupling in three words, what would they be?
Stimulating, satisfying, brief.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Uncoupling?
I wouldn't dare spoil any of the novel's surprises, but there is a dynamic performance of a high school play.
What about Angela Brazil’s performance did you like?
Brazil has a way of making us care, and bringing out the compassion of the characters.
If you could take any character from The Uncoupling out to dinner, who would it be and why?
I would dine with the central couple. They know what they're doing.
Any additional comments?
This could be my least favorite of Meg Wolitzer's novels, but she is such a good writer, the novel is still more than worth your time.