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A Modern Marriage: A Memoir by Christy Kidd

A Modern Marriage: A Memoir

by Christy Kidd

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  lilnursesuhy | Mar 4, 2015 |
Written by Christy and Mark Kidd, A Modern Marriage is a memoir of their experiences as a couple who have embraced the swinging lifestyle. They stumbled upon the scene at a New Years Party in New York and were both titillated and curious about what they witnessed. After a lot of discussion, some googling, and the laying down of ground rules, they decided to take the plunge. Christy and Mark experienced several false starts with seedy clubs and unreliable partnerships before finally getting in the swing of things.

I think Christy and Mark are quite honest in their telling. They share a little of their backgrounds, both Texas born and raised by mother’s who had multiple partners during their childhood (Christy’s mother was married 5 times, Mark’s mother 4 times). They met, through their work as accountants, when they were both seriously involved with other partners but couldn’t resist one another, and by the time they decided to explore swinging had been married for five years. Though Christy and Mark are clearly advocates for the lifestyle they don’t entirely gloss over its possible pitfalls, exploring issues such as jealousy, attachment and even the dangers of addiction. They place great emphasis on the need for a strong marriage, honest communication and sensible rules, to partake in the lifestyle without damaging the relationship.

A Modern Marriage is sometimes explicit but not really in a pornographic way. The tone is conversational, and encounters are related largely in a matter of fact manner with the focus more on what the couple was thinking rather than feeling.

I know the lifestyle is not right for me, for so many reasons, but A Modern Marriage satisfied my curiosity about why some couples make the choice. I’m not convinced it will work out for my friend but it seems it is possible, Mark and Christy have now been married for 14 years and are still swinging.
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  shelleyraec | Nov 25, 2014 |
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n this candid memoir about a marriage that risked everything to emerge stronger than ever, one couple takes us outside the bounds of monogamy and into one of the most fascinating and secretive subcultures in the nation-swinging. With fifteen million strong worldwide, swingers are everywhere-a huge community, hiding in plain sight, whose erotic pastime has remained a complete mystery to the rest of us. Christy and Mark Kidd certainly had no idea what they were getting into when at one fateful New Year's Eve party they decided to venture behind a mysterious velvet curtain and discovered a whole new world of sexuality they never thought possible.… (more)

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