A World in Us: A memoir of open marriage, turbulent love and hard-won wisdom
Author: Louisa Leontiades
Publication Date: April 7, 2017
Formats: Trade paperback, Kindle, ePub and PDF
ISBN: 978-1-944934-21-7 (paperback); 978-1-944934-22-4 (ePub); 978-1-944934-23-1 (Kindle); 978-1-944934-24-8 (PDF)
Price: US$17.95 (softcover); $7.99 (e-book)
Louisa Leontiades combines memoir and retrospective in A World In Us, a guided tour of non-monogamy in the flesh. She and her husband, Gilles, love each other, but their marriage is going nowhere. They decide to explore polyamory: The idea that it’s possible to be in love with multiple people at once. They fall for another couple and try to forge a life together as a quad.
But their liberation from the constraints of their unhappy marriage comes with a price. 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 of four people’s joy, conflict, and mistakes in pursuit of a utopia of limitless love is followed by Louisa’s letters to her younger self. Sometimes love and good intention isn’t enough—hearts can be broken, and even the tallest dream castle can catch fire.
Do you cut your losses and return to monogamy, or do you rise from the ashes? Is an open relationship a recipe for desolation, or does it offer experience and wisdom to pursue a life that will most fulfill the heart?
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.
“As Louisa takes us on her relationship road trip, she ultimately delivers a map on how to start and continue a process of wise self-examination and relationship success.”
—from the foreword by Gracie X., author of Wide Open: My Adventures in Polyamory, Open Marriage, and Loving on My Own Terms
Praise for The Husband Swap:
“Hilarious. Poignant. Thrillingly erotic. Mind-opening. Heart-breaking. Louisa Leontiades has a powerful voice and the courage to live into her questions.”
—Lucy H. Pearce, author of The Rainbow Way and Moon Time
“The Husband Swap gives a much-needed peek at the always-entertaining world of polyamory and quads. It’s wonderful reading for anyone curious about the possibilities of love beyond monogamy.”
—Arianne Cohen, author of The Sex Diaries Project
Praise for Lessons in Love and Life to My Younger Self:
“This is an essential addition to the self-help literature on polyamory, providing the grounding, in-depth personal stories that have been lacking so far.”
—Dr. Meg John Barker, author of Rewriting the Rules
A freelance writer originally from the UK, Louisa Leontiades lives in an open relationship with her partners and two children in Sweden. She writes full-time on her blog, Postmodern Woman, and is chairwoman of Sweden’s National Polyamory Association. She also writes for The Huffington Post, Salon, Nerve, Jezebel and The Guardian. She lives a life that makes for a lot of stories.