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The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
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Dec 08, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, spirituality-religion
Read in January, 2008

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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