One of those great more literary books that I love about American middle class life (one of my favourite being Rick Moody's 'The Ice Storm' - unusually, the film of that is brilliant too). Here, it is about abstinence from sex before marriage and the perceived infiltration of the local area by zealots - even the local schools teaching against sex before marriage. The female protagonist is a sex eduaction teacher at the local school - who is totally keen on sex before marriage. Lots of side stories keep the plot moving along. I must read more of this author's books - in fact he wrote 'Little Children' which has also been made into a very good film in my opinion (although the last third or so, like so many films, tails off).