World in Us: A Memoir of Open Marriage, Turbulent Love and Hard-Won Wisdom

Thorntree Press LLC
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A guided tour of non-monogamy, A World in Us begins with Louisa and her husband Gilles, who love each other but whose marriage is going nowhere. They decide to explore polyamory, falling for another couple and trying to forge a life together as a quad. But they are challenged in ways they didn't expect, and their experimentation forces them to accept a new understanding of themselves and each other. This chronicle is followed by Louisa's letters to her younger self. Sometimes love and good intention isn't enough. Do you cut your losses and return to monogamy, or do you rise from the ashes? In this compilation of her previous works, The Husband Swap and Lessons in Love and Life to My Younger Self, Louisa offers candid insight into the polyamorous heart.
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About the author

Louisa Leontiades is a contributor to Huffington Post, Salon, Nerve, Jezebel and the Guardian. Originally from the United Kingdom, she lives in Sweden.
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Publisher
Thorntree Press LLC
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Published on
May 5, 2017
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Pages
312
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ISBN
9781944934224
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Family & Relationships / Alternative Family
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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. “Poly,” it turns out, is a whole new world, with dedicated counselors, parties, and dating sites. Convincing Hank ended up being the easy part: he quickly found a girlfriend and accepted Gracie’s terms. Their children, although upset at first, adjusted to having their parents’ “special friends” around, and having Hank and his girlfriend in one duplex, with Gracie and her new boyfriend, Oz, next-door, seemed like an inspired solution. But would trying to go poly create as many problems as it was trying to solve?

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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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