Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems
surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe
manner. Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife
mother for whom married life never felt quite right. While many books on
this topic presuppose that the reader is ready to embrace an “alternative
lifestyle,” Block operates from the assumption that most couples who are
curious about or engaged in open marriages are in fact more like her—normal
people who question whether monogamy is right for them; good people who love
their spouses but want variation; capable parents who are not deviant just
because they choose to be honest about their desires. In Open, Block
paints a down-to-earth picture of how an open marriage can work, and
specifically why it works for her and her husband. In dissecting other
people's strong reactions to her choice, she explores the question of why
cheating is more socially acceptable than open marriage. In part, she
concludes, the lack of models for successful functional open marriages is
such that the general public is not yet equipped to handle treating it as
anything other than abnormal.Open challenges our notions of what
traditional marriage looks like, and presents one woman's journey down an
uncertain path that ultimately proves that open marriage is a viable option,
one that's in fact better for some couples than conventional
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I've been reading all the buzz about Jenny Block's new book called Open--Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage for awhile now. I just ordered the book today so I can't offer my own review.
You can order the book from Amazon here.
You can check out her website here.
Here's what Seal Press has to say:
Read her blog entries at the Huffington Post.
Read her weekly column about love, sex, marriage and open relationships in Tango Magazine here.