Wolitzer has crafted an amazing novel on the power of literature. When the new high school drama teacher chooses Lysistratra, the Greek comedy in which women decide to stop having sex with their men to end a war, a spell is created that spirals through the staff, the parental community, into the wider community and even into the student body. Women suddenly stop feeling desire for their mates. They end their conjugal obligations like the banging of a cell door. Dory and her husband Robby Lang, both teachers at the high school, seemed to have a perfect relationship but this changes when Dory is affected by the spell. The best part of the book is the ending, starting with the stage production of Lysistratra.

An excellent read.


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