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The Abstinence Teacher - A Novel

Tom Perrotta

Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children, but amid its good schools and healthy real estate market, a small-town culture war is brewing. The Abstinence Teacher focuses on two divorced parents who become adversaries in the mess: Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school who believes that "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power." Her younger 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. Ruth and Tim instinctively distrust one another, but when a controversy on the playing field forces the two of them to actually talk to each other, an uneasy friendship begins to develop. Elegantly written and with Perrotta's distinctive mix of satire and compassion, 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.

Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children, but amid its good schools and healthy real estate market, a small-town culture war is brewing. The Abstinence Teacher focuses on two divorced parents who become adversaries in the mess: Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school who believes that "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power." Her younger 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. Ruth and Tim instinctively distrust one another, but when a controversy on the playing field forces the two of them to actually talk to each other, an uneasy friendship begins to develop. Elegantly written and with Perrotta's distinctive mix of satire and compassion, 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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children, but amid its good schools and healthy real estate market, a small-town culture war is brewing. The Abstinence Teacher focuses on two divorced parents who become adversaries in the mess: Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school who believes that "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power." Her younger 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. Ruth and Tim instinctively distrust one another, but when a controversy on the playing field forces the two of them to actually talk to each other, an uneasy friendship begins to develop. Elegantly written and with Perrotta's distinctive mix of satire and compassion, 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Campbell Scott

Length:

10h 26m


Chapters

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04:50

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:16


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:24


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:48


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:23


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:11


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:49


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:33


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:22


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:21


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:04


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:16


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:21


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:51


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:20


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:22


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:35


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:30


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:30


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:39


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:15


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:26


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:40


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:24


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:14


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:06


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:06


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:22


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:14


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:54


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:06


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:43


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:09


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:41


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:06