About the Book:
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.
When I received the email from Penguin Group regarding this book, i was excited. This sounded exactly like my type of book. I'm a big fan of chick lit type books!
I wasn't familiar with either Meg Wolitzer's work or of the Aristophanes comedy Lysistrata, but the description of the book is what grabbed me, this book deals with an sensitive issue that strikes so many women, both married and not, and unfortunately it hit home for me personally.
When I finally cracked this hot little book, i was quickly immersed in it. It's a very engaging and easy read. I literally wanted to keep reading it(but i did have to put it down!) and had it read in just over a 24 hours period.
I'm not really sure what to say about the actual writing itself. I think that i loved it. I know that even though i spent most of the time just trying to follow what what was going on, possibly due to the whirlwind of which character was 'speaking'. I do know that while i pass on most of the books that i read, i plan on keeping this book. In fact i can foresee doing something that i rarely do; i see myself reading this book again! It's just one of those books that sing to your heart, or at least MY heart, and i know that i need to keep this one around!