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Survivors of an Open Marriage [Paperback]

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Jennifer Gates writes of her personal experiences in an open marriage candidly describing the relationships between herself and her different partners. She reveals her insight into feelings and reactions about her husband's connections to his partners. Jennifer shares the desires and erotic appeal of her open marriage, as well as its spiraling decline, in the hope of shedding light on the attraction and risks of this secretly popular lifestyle. The author was a guest on "Montel Williams" show, aired October, 2007, where she was interviewed about her marital practice. The book, "Survivors of an Open Marriage," was also mentioned.

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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2007
Publisher   KiwE Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN  1933973064  
ISBN13  9781933973067  

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Worth reading, but...  Jul 10, 2008
This is a good book for anyone who wants to explore some of the potential problems associated with an open marriage, but there's an important caveat: Jennifer and her husband are not a good couple. They start sleeping together for the wrong reasons; get married for the wrong reasons; don't really want to be together (especially him); and stay together for the wrong reasons (i.e. I can't afford the house without him).

Given this backdrop, it's interesting but not fully insightful to follow Jennifer through the various challenges that her marriage encounters. Yes, she and her husband sleep with other people, but these couplings rarely reflect playful, sex-based encounters. More often than not, one or both of them is actively engaged in a romantic affair; on several occasions, her husband tells her that he's falling in love with his newfound partner, and he says it not as a concern but rather as a "Well, I didn't love YOU anyway" observation.

So, get this book if you're interested in understanding what couples may go through if they choose to sleep with other people. It has a lot to say. But understand that what these two people go through is far more the result of a poorly conceived marriage, something that would have led them to despair regardless of their sexual choices.
Affairs hurt!  May 18, 2007
This book is useful for anyone injured by the affair of a partner. What makes this book unique is that it is from the perspective of a woman who had an open marriage. When the sexual relations of her husband became emotionally intimate (not just sexual), she went through the same cascade of feelings (betrayal, hurt and anger) of any love partner who partner loves another. This is more about how injurious affairs are than about open marriages.
Not Swinging  Jul 15, 2006
I purchased this when exploring the Lifestyle (Swinging). This book, while well-written enough to read very easily, is NOT about Swinging, or the emotional components of a couple who chooses to bookend playful encounters with others with a rock-solid relationship. The events, while illuminating, were cyclical in nature, and though each vignette or affair (and each one had more of the air of an "affair" about it then a swing encounter) has its own meaning, after several each one seemed to be "more of the same." It is interesting reading, but it is not illustrative of a couple having chosen the Swinger Lifestyle. Because it reads so well, though, it can be valuable to understand how one person reacted emotionally to that corner of our lives called "sex" or "intimacy" that people try to cordon off from the rest of the world.
True to Life Reading  Feb 1, 2003
This is an EXCELLENT book and it could easily be called Life 101, or maybe Marriage 101. The author openly discusses the arrangements of her open marriage with her husband and all the downfalls that resulted. In the end (after many hurdles) the open arrangement ends and their marriage begins anew.

It's a heart wrenching story that's jam-packed with events that keep you reading. But it's not that you read it for the frank sexuality that is discussed. You can't put the book down because you feel at one with Jennifer Gates and have the desire to know more and more as you read.

I'd recommend this book to all my friends. It's well written and flows easily. It's a must read for anyone who loves to understand the human condition!


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