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Closing the Store

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Liz A. Stratton is the kind of woman who regularly gets letters asking her to run for president: she’s the host of a Spare Me! a wildly popular national talk show. Plus, she’s edgy, beautiful, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. However, she never expected her friend Cal, the head of a women’s rights organization, to actually ask her to run. Even though she said “yes,” Liz and her team don’t think they actually have a chance at winning the election. Then she is invited to a national debate. Things go well at first, but then an opponent makes the mistake of patronizing Liz about her plans to end the war in Mesopotamianstan. She sees red, and an idea flashes into her mind. She asks every woman in the United States to stop having sex until the war is over. Period. The men in the audience and watching on television all realize with a sense of dread that Liz isn’t joking. And that’s when the fun begins…

293 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2013

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Maren Bradley Anderson

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Author 17 books42 followers
August 10, 2019
A sexy chick-lit romp based on an ancient Greek comedy? Sure, why not? You don’t have to know Aristophanes’ Lysistrata to enjoy this hilarious book, but if you read the play in college as I did, you will laugh even harder at how fresh these old ideas seem. This book is an absolute hoot and would make a terrific big-screen rom com.

When popular talk-show host Elizabeth “Liz” Stratton is tapped by her best friend Calliope Talmadge to run for president on the ticket of the very minor Women’s Advance Party, they choose ending a long war as their main platform plank. But how to end it when so many powerful men are getting rich off the war effort? They identify the one thing men seem to love more than fighting and declare a nationwide sex strike. The women of American—wives, girlfriends, mistresses, even sex workers—“close the store” until the war is over.

With no one doing it, everyone is thinking and talking about it, and Liz and the WAP go from minor debate-stage irritant to plausible contender for the White House. The stakes crank higher when both Liz and Cal encounter their respective Mr. Right on the campaign trail. Abstinence was never so steamy!
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Author 71 books180 followers
December 23, 2022
Ah, this was a fun read! And maybe women really could prove powerful if we use our secret weapon. Not that Maren Anderson’s Closing the Store is meant to be taken seriously, but it’s a seriously fun, amusing, though-provoking, fascinating read, with delightful undertones of the Greek play by Aristophanes (and no, you don’t have to know what that means to love the book!). Could a sex strike really stop a war? It just might, and the author makes all the steps along the way sound intriguingly convincing. Flawed characters (male and female), flawed reasons for war (as ever), flawed politics (can it be otherwise)… it all comes together in an almost perfect novel. And yes, it’s a really fun read.

Disclosure: I met the author and couldn’t resist buying the book.
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