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When the elliptical new drama teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Stellar Pines, New Jersey, chooses as the school play Lysistrata--the Aristophanes comedy in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war--a strange spell seems to be cast over the school. Or, at least, over the women. One by one, throughout the high school community, women and teenaged girl suddenly turn away from their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom, for reasons they don't really understand. Dory Lang, a happily married forty-something English teacher, is mystified when she abruptly loses the desire to have sex with Robby, her cherished spouse of nearly twenty years. One after another, her friends admit to having the same perplexing and disturbing experience. They include Bev, a fiftyish overweight guidance counselor married to an anxious hedge fund manager; Leanne, a young psychologist of South Asian background with three boyfriends and no wish to be monogamous; and Ruth, a formerly lesbian gym teacher now married to a make sculptor, with who she has twin boys and a new baby. And not long after Dory's daughter, Willa, has fallen under a very different spell--one of teenaged infatuation and sexual discovery--the sixteen-year-old suddenly feels the need to put an end to her new romantic relationship. As all these women worry over their loss of passion, and as the men become by turns unhappy, offended, and confused, both sides are forced to look at their partners, their shared history, and their sexual selves in an entirely new light.