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The Abstinence Teacher
 
 
Author
Tom Perrotta.
Publisher St. Martin's/QPB  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780739495599
Pages/Publication Date 358/2007
Daedalus Item Code 11578
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"As is evident from his previous novels Election and Little Children, [Tom] Perrotta seems to enjoy putting characters with divergent belief systems together in a bag, as it were, and shaking it up. That is the technique he uses in [The Abstinence Teacher], to satiric effect. Ruth Ramsey, divorced, is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school; she believes in being honest with her students, telling them that some people 'enjoy oral sex.' She lands in hot water when an evangelical church, offended by her curriculum, forces the school board to include a section on abstinence. Tim Mason is the beloved soccer coach of Ruth's young daughter, Maggie. He is also a reformed stoner/loser and an entrenched member of the church that attacked Ruth. Things get interesting when Tim, in a moment of crisis, leads his team of girls in prayer, and Ruth publicly drags her daughter from the soccer field. Ironically, Ruth and Tim find they have more in common than they thought, and a shaky—at times humorous—interchange begins. Perrotta focuses on the small, personal motives behind life's big shake-ups. A finely wrought novel."—Booklist
 
 
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