Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Abstinence Teacher: Secrets and lies in suburban America

The Abstinence TeacherThe Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the spirit of Little Children, this book explores the secrets and lies hidden in suburban America. A sex ed teacher is forced to teach an abstinence curriculum to her charges, and a troubled former drug addict turned soccer coach has turned to fundamentalist religion to help him battle his demons. Perrota does a fine job of creating multidimensional characters who are struggling with their past and what they have made of their present lives. He also examines the conservative Christian right in what I believe is an objective and gentle manner (although others might disagree).

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