In Meg Wolitzer’s superb new book, “The Uncoupling,” a new drama teacher shows up in a small town and stages “Lysistrata,” the ancient Greek play in which women decide to ditch their fellas until they put an end to the Peloponnesian War. The play casts a spell on the town, and soon husbands and boyfriends are out of luck.
While the ladies have lost that loving feeling, though, they cling as ever to their techno-gear, and at times the entire town seems lit by computer screens.
‘The Internet is in a sense a spell. We’re all under these forces,” Wolitzer told us in an interview.”Being drawn to the blue green light of one’s computer screen is almost magical. I knew I didn’t want to just write a book about middle aged women complaining that their love lives had changed. That would be a very annoying book to read.”
She’ll discuss the book at at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Midtown.
Reading Wolitzer’s work is like watching a gentle snow fall.