It almost happened when we weren't watching, but Meg Wolitzer has shot to the tip-top of American novelists male or female. She just gets better and better as time goes on. I saw the huge rave review in People magazine this week and pretty stopped what i was doing and lined up to get this one. Basically i inhaled Wolitzer's book last night. The Uncoupling - which imagines what it would be like if all the women in a small town (they are of all ages) stopped having sex with their husbands, boyfriends, etc. - is funny, serious, acute, profound, incredibly sexy (even though no one is having sex, and maybe i shouldn't admit I found no one having sex so sexy) and most of all, basically impossible to put down. What i don't altogether GET is how Wolitzer manages to be among the most beautiful, poetical writers out there as well as a fantastically witty, charming, socially dead-on, page-turning storyteller who is in complete, total command of what she is doing. She's light and reader-friendly but you leave feeling as though you've just eaten the most filling meal, too. Don't think I've felt this way since I finished David Nicholl's "One Day" - and that's PRAISE.
So: highly highly recommended. Men: read and learn, you will love this book. Women: read it and adore it and don't do what Wolitzer's women do! Me: now I have to get back to my life (ugh).