Gracie X - a suburban mother of two - has been married to her loving husband, Hank, for 25 years. The problem is that their once-vibrant sex life has shriveled to nothing. Meanwhile, she has fallen in love with another man, for whom she has an overwhelming physical yearning. Frustrated and conflicted but determined not to give up her hard-won home life and wonderful husband, she is desperate for a creative solution. Can she somehow keep both men in her life without resorting to divorce or dishonesty? A friend introduces Gracie to polyamory: loving and being faithful to more than one person at a time.
In her candid and provocative memoir, Wide Open, Gracie details the years she has spent exploring the poly lifestyle and creating her "chosen family." A fiercely intelligent feminist, she challenges traditional ideas about monogamy, fidelity, and sexuality. From swinger parties and strip clubs to sex toys and pornography, this is an edgy and thought-provoking read. Yet erotica and tenderness share space here, with Gracie's true love for both Hank and Oz - as well as her two children - coming through very clearly.
Wide Open reveals - with humor, integrity and heart - how one woman blended love, sex and marriage in unconventional ways and found the fulfillment she was looking for.
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This was a fantastic book and story about being innovative and coloring outside the lines. Gracie created the live she wanted to live and persevered through tall the rough patches. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering or doing poly. It demonstrates there is no one size fits all. The narration was terrific!
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A beautiful and intense memoir. For someone recently opening up her own relationship there was so much to relate to and be inspired by. I especially appreciated that Wide open is written from woman’s and mother’s percpective.