Confessions of a Bisexual Husband
By: Mark Bentley Cohen
Length: 358 pages
Release date: Nov 25, 2013
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“Confessions of A Bisexual Husband” is a candid, riveting, sexy account of how a married bisexual man's coming out to his wife saves their ailing marriage. The book redefines our most dearly-held beliefs about sexuality, monogamy, authenticity, and what it means to truly love someone.
Cohen takes us into his intimate world of sexual exploration as he tries to solve the mystery of his lifelong struggle with bisexuality. After 15 years of marriage, two kids, and illicit experimentation with men behind his wife Gabrielle's back, Marco confesses it all to her.
For most this would be a deal breaker – not so for Gabrielle. She too felt unhappy and confined in the marriage. Together they decide to set each other free, opening their relationship and exploring beyond the bounds of their (purportedly) monogamous, heterosexual union.
Gabrielle is soon forced to face her own beliefs about what it means to be a sexually active and liberated woman. She struggles to allow herself the freedom she wants, until she's able to accept her own authenticity, discovering an inner strength she'd never known.
No longer able to take each other for granted, the couple's sexual encounters bring about a healing change of perspective in both, enabling them to attain levels of love, intimacy, and respect for the other deeper than they'd ever thought possible.
"Confessions of a Bisexual Husband” is provocative, sexual, humorous, poignant, and most of all, transformative. In the end this is a very modern re-love story between two people who literally travel to the ends of the earth and beyond the bounds of their marriage to rediscover the love they have for each other.
About the Author
Mark Bentley Cohen is a strong voice for bisexuality - living proof that it actually exists! Since coming out loudly in 2009 he has created a popular blog on bisexuality (www.markbentleycohen.com); counsels and runs a variety of social/suppport groups on bisexuality (bi-monthly of course!); has been published on Salon.com (and elsewhere); and gives workshops on non-monogamy with his wife.
Mark's one-man show “Bi, Hung, Fit...and Married” (which is based on the book) was part of the 2013 Vancouver Queer Arts Festival, the 2012 Vancouver Fringe Festival, and others. The show received rave reviews, such as this one:
Michael Harris from The Globe and Mail chose "Bi, Hung, Fit... and Married" as his theatrical pick of the week for Saturday, 27 July, 2013, stating: "Mark Bentley Cohen's one-man show is a tell-all, oft-erotic description of a married fellow’s attempt to incorporate man-on-man sex into his 12-year heterosexual marriage. Irreverent and refreshingly candid."
Mark believes that sexuality is fluid, and that there is an inherent need for continued sexual growth and exploration throughout one's life.
Still together and very much in love in their 20th year of marriage, Mark and Lianna's counter-intuitive discoveries speak directly to the current debate about non-monogamy, sexual fluidity, and the need for modern marriages to accommodate sexual growth and personal freedom.
Early reader reviews of "Confessions of a Bisexual Husband":
“The undertones of dream manifestation and 'thoughts create reality', along with a side of personal and familial healing, all wrapped up in the gritty and sexy adventure that brings your characters to peace around their sexuality... I really did love it.” - Autumn, Vancouver
"You are a great storyteller. The book is so easy and enjoyable to read....it's the type you can get glued to.” - Tracey, Vancouver
“I really enjoyed this book. It resonated with my feelings and sensibilities, especially now that open or polyamorous relationships are becoming more common or at least more public and it provides an excellent introduction into this realm.” - Charlie Richmond, Editor and Columnist
"I finished the book and ... um... wow." – David, Blog Follower