by Jesse Kornbluth
“It's not cheating if your spouse is there.”
Release Date August 25, 2015
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As a divorce lawyer for Manhattan’s elite, David Greenfield is privy to the intimate, dirty details of failed marriages. He knows he’s lucky to be married to Blair—a Barnard dean and the mother of their college-age daughter, she is a woman he loves more today than he did when they tied the knot.
Then seductive photographer Jean Coin asks David to be her lover for 6 weeks, until she leaves for Timbuktu. Tempted, David reasons that “it’s not cheating if your wife’s there.” A 1-night threesome would relieve the pressure of monogamy without wrecking their marriage. What harm could come of fulfilling his longtime sexual fantasy?
Readers who want an erotic love story told by a male narrator who’s not a billionaire and who doesn’t have a special room for sex might want to pick up MARRIED SEX (Open Road Media/August 2015), the debut novel by Jesse Kornbluth that reads like memoir. The novel combines the smart sexiness of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, the mature reflection of Nora Ephron, and the pleasure that comes from pushing erotic boundaries—but with a twist: it's written from the point of view of a 46-year-old divorce lawyer named David Greenfield.
David Greenfield is a 46-year-old divorce lawyer who lives in New York. His wife, Blair Watkins, is a dean at Barnard College. The Greenfields have been married for 20 years --- and they’re still hot for one another. Affairs? None.
But a few days after David meets photographer Jean Coin at her gallery opening, she asks him to be her lover for six weeks until she goes abroad. David’s tempted. Then he remembers the understanding he and Blair have joked about: If you’re tempted to cheat, bring that person home.
A threesome? Well, as David likes to say, “It's not cheating if your spouse is there.” Like most men, he’s fantasized about sex with two women, and when he proposes one to Jean Coin, she’s enthusiastic. Blair’s curious; she agrees.
MORE...Is a simple romp possible? Or do unanticipated consequences change the careful boundaries David, Blair and Jean have set? The concept that at first seems like a simple romp brings to light several thorny issues about marriage in the 21st century. Jesse Kornbluth addresses the threesome --- its planning, the sexual encounter, and the aftermath --- with humor, sensitivity, and a healthy dose of realism.
Kornbluth’s candid, erotic and witty was optioned before publication by veteran Hollywood producer Nick Wechsler (“Magic Mike,” “Sex, Lies and Videotape”) for Chockstone Productions. Griffin Dunne, the noted actor and director, will direct. Kornbluth, who serves as executive producer, wrote the script.
“Intelligent, sexy, a walk on the smart side.”
—Jackie Collins, New York Times–bestselling novelist
“Jesse Kornbluth is the essential flaneur of American cultural mores, species Homo Urbanicus, ever striking the perfect harmony between wit and charm with an eye that misses nothing.”
—Janet Fitch, author of the New York Times bestseller White Oleander
"I'm totally turned on by 'Married Sex.' Jesse Kornbluth delves into the intricacies of love and lust with enormous wit, insight and a prose style that will have you begging for more."
--- Esther Perel, author of “Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence”
“One way or another, journalist Kornbluth's (HeadButler.com, 2014, etc.) debut novel is determined to woo you”--Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will appreciate the intimacy of the writing, both in its depiction of marriage as well as the New York City setting”--Publisher’s Weekly
"What harm could come of fulfilling his longtime sexual fantasy?"
Famous last words from a lawyer who should know better than to ask a question to which he does not know the answer. He is caught in his twenty-year marriage's mental aura. After twenty years you think you know the person you are married to. You try not get too comfortable and always keep the relationship exciting. How do you really know you have met your goal?
Reality is usually our perception of what goes on around us. When we least expect it, the veil that covers our eyes is lifted and we are left staring at reality in the face. What we do then will shape the future ...
This is not an autopsy of a marriage. I would say it is a long-delayed, wellness check-up that produces surprises and realigns the status of a marriage. Amazingly well-written, with an intelligent plot line, you will not be satisfied until you have turned the last page.
About the author:
"I'm a recovering journalist who now writes books and movies
and edits HeadButler.com.
As a magazine journalist, I've been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, New York and Architectural Digest, and a contributor to The New Yorker & New York Times.
As an author, my books include Airborne: The Triumph and Struggle of Michael Jordan; Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken; Pre-Pop Warhol, Notes from the New Underground, and The Other Guy Blinked (with Roger Enrico). I collaborated with Twyla Tharp on The Collaborative Habit. I collected some favorite books, movies and music in HeadButler.com: The 100 Essentials. And now I've written a novel, Married Sex."
Jesse Kornbluth is the founder of HeadButler.com, a cultural concierge site. He has served as editorial director of AOL, co-founder of Bookreporter.com, and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and New York. The author of four nonfiction books, including Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken, he has written screenplays for Paul Newman, Robert De Niro, ABC, PBS, and Warner Bros. Married Sex is Kornbluth’s first novel.