Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families
Dr. Elisabeth Sheff
Publication Date: October 15, 2015
Formats: Trade paperback, Kindle and ePub
ISBN: 978-0-9913997-7-2 (paperback); 978-0-9913997-8-9 (ePub)
Price: US$17.99 (paperback); $7.99 (e-book)
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Welcome to the polycule: the network created by the interconnections of polyamorous relationships. Just like the molecules that make up all living things, polycules come in diverse forms: large, small, tightly bound, loosely connected, static, ever-changing. How do polycules form, what do they look like, how do they transform through time, and how do they, sometimes, end?
The first of its kind, this anthology brings together stories, poems, drawings and essays created by real people living in polycules. Children describe life with more than two parents; adults share what it’s like to parent with more than one partner. We hear from triads, solos, people who have felt polyamorous their entire lives, and people exploring poly for the first time. Some whimsical, some hilarious, some heartbreaking, some mundane, some life-changing—all pieces reflect the diverse reality of polyamorous families.
“Stories From the Polycule gives a good sense of the diversity of polyamory: both the range of ways of doing openly non-monogamous relationships that people have developed, and the numerous different reasons that people have for pursuing them.”
—Dr. Meg John Barker, author of Rewriting the Rules
“I think that readers will very much enjoy the variety of stories that are available to them in this anthology. Whether you are new to a poly relationship or have a long-term established poly family, it is affirming to find stories that you relate to. You feel less alone in the world. And for people who don’t know a poly family personally, the stories give a human face to the word ‘polyamory.'”
—Amy, Red Thread Farm
“This book is laugh-out-loud hilarious, even the very heartbreaking parts about poly divorces and the occasional ostracism by family and friends. The writing is smart, lively, and utterly fascinating! You will feel like a fly on the wall in many, many poly households as it gives you a front-row seat to the amazing diversity of poly relationships, the intimate details of how they work (and sometimes don’t work), and what makes poly people tick. You won’t be able to put it down! Every short chapter is a real gem of storytelling, and the characters are unforgettable. This is the one book to give your friends or family members who challenge you with ‘Explain this polyamory thing to me, will you?’”
—Kathy Labriola, author of Love in Abundance and The Jealousy Workbook
Dr. Elisabeth Sheff is an educational consultant and expert witness serving sexual and gender minorities. She is the author of The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families as well as numerous academic and legal articles about polyamory, gender, families, and sexual minorities. She lives in Atlanta with her wife, their children, dog, cats, and the small wild animals the cats bring in.