The Abstinence Teacher
By (author) Tom Perrotta
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Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Book Description"Perrotta is that rare combination: a satirist with heart .Those who haven't curled up on the couch with this writer's books are missing a very great pleasure." "Seattle"" Times"Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children: it's got good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market. Parents in the town are involved in their children's lives, and often in other children's lives, too coaching sports, driving carpool, focusing on enriching experiences. Ruth Ramsey is the high school human sexuality teacher whose openness is not appreciated by all her students or their parents. Her 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's introduction of Christianity on the playing field horrifies Ruth, while his evangelical church sees a useful target in the loose-lipped sex ed teacher. But when these two adversaries in a small-town culture war actually talk to each other, a surprising friendship begins to develop."Nobody renders the world of soccer moms and sprinklers and SUVs like Perrotta. He's the Steinbeck of suburbia." "Time""Tom Perrotta is a truth-telling, unshowy chronicler of modern-day America." "The New" "York Times Book Review" (in a front-page review)"The Abstinence Teacher" illuminates the powerful emotions that run beneath the placid surface of modern American family life, and explores the complicated spiritual and sexual lives of ordinary people. It is elegantly and simply written, characterized by the distinctive mix of satire and compassion that has become Perrotta's trademark."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312363543
(208mm x 137mm x 25mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Tom Perrotta
Leftovers, Paperback (July 2014)
From the author of 'Little Children' and now a major new TV series, 'The Leftovers' asks what if one day some of us simply vanished? And some were left behind?
Little Children, Paperback (July 2013)
A group of parents, trapped in middle-class stability, deal with marriage, kids and their suburban life in very different ways -
Abstinence Teacher, Paperback (February 2009)
A sharp, funny and beautifully observed satire about the disturbing influence of the Christian right from one of America's most cherished authors.
Wishbones, Paperback (February 2009)» View all books by Tom Perrotta
The second novel from Tom Perrotta, author of 'Little Children', 'Election' and 'The Abstinence Teacher'.
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Author Biography - Tom Perrotta
Tom Perrotta is the author of five previous works of fiction: "Bad Haircut," "The Wishbones," "Election," and the "New York Times" bestsellers "Joe"" College" and "Little Children." "Election" was made into the acclaimed movie directed by Alexander Payne and starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Perrotta was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay for the movie version of "Little Children," which was directed by Todd Field and starred Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly. Perrotta lives with his family outside Boston, Massachusetts.
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