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Publisher Description

Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise kids. It's got the proverbial good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market. It's the kind of place where parents are involved in their children's lives, where no opportunity for enrichment goes unexplored.

Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school. She believes that "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power." Ruth's younger daughter's soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved. Tim belongs to The Tabernacle, an evangelical Christian church that doesn't approve of Ruth's style of teaching. And Ruth in turn doesn't applaud The Tabernacle's mission to take its message outside its doors. Adversaries in a small-town culture war, Ruth and Tim instinctively mistrust each other. But when a controversy on the soccer field pushes the two of them to actually talk to each other, they are forced to take each other at something other than face value.

The Abstinence Teacher exposes the powerful emotions that run beneath the surface of modern American family life and explores the complex spiritual and sexual lives of ordinary people. Elegantly written, it is characterized by the distinctive mix of satire and compassion that have animated Perrotta's previous novels.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2007
October 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Press
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
872.5
KB

Customer Reviews

mickchristine ,

Lovely prose/no plot

Perhaps the most beautifully written story I've read in a long while- rich detail, depth - but nothing happens! I don't know of any other novel that lacked a plot line!

PageMe179 ,

THE ABSTINENCE TEACHER

This was a pointless waste of time. I'm sure Perotta is capable of much more substance, better pacing, events relevant to the story, etc. don't waste your money on this book.

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