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Language  English
Media type  Print (hardcover)
Dewey Decimal  813/.54 22
Author  Tom Perrotta
ISBN  0-312-35833-4
Country  United States of America
3.2/5 Goodreads

Publication date  October 16, 2007
OCLC  138340958
Originally published  16 October 2007
Genre  Fiction
Publisher  St. Martin's Press
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Pages  358 pp (1st edition, hardcover)
Similar  Tom Perrotta books, Novels

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The Abstinence Teacher is a 2007 novel by American author Tom Perrotta. It tells the story of Ruth Ramsey, a divorced sexual education teacher who lives in suburban New Jersey and comes into conflict with the town's conservative population. According to Perrotta, it is "all about sex education and the culture wars." He was inspired to write the novel after reading of the influence of evangelical voters on the 2004 presidential election, stating, "I did feel somewhat inadequate as a novelist, just like I'd missed something huge happening in this country. I really did set out to kind of investigate that world." The novel also touches on other issues such as homophobia and sexism in the suburban setting.

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Film adaptation

Warner Independent Pictures purchased the film rights to the novel in September 2006, more than a year before it was published. As of October 2007, Perrotta was working on the screenplay, which, according to Perrotta's official site, was completed in 2008. The planned movie was originally supposed to be co-directed by Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. News of February 2011 state that the project has been taken over by The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko.

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The Abstinence Teacher Wikipedia