Sunday, April 10, 2016

And Then There Were Three: Sixty-Seven Letters to Sasha Review






    I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion.  I chose this book to review based on the overview written on the back that just seemed so intriguing.  The book is author Julia G. Fox’s memoir on her marriage to her husband George and the unique circumstances that found her in  a polyamorous relationship with his former college lover Sasha.  The book is told in the form of 67 letters written to Sasha from Julia’s perspective.  I will admit that the main reason I chose this story to review was that it is on a subject that is never, really discussed in detail in society. Here in the US we have a general knowledge of religions who allow for multiple spouses and even a TV show to help us understand a bit more but this was not like that at all.  The couple, George and Julia are not intentionally looking to add another person to their marriage.  It is in fact a love story that can be summed up best by saying “ girl meets boy, gets married, realizes husband had boyfriend in the past, couple reunites with former lover, all three begin complicated relationship”.  This is really a simplified description because there is so much more to this story.  It is heartbreaking to realize on one hand how easy it was for the threesome to fall into a compatible relationship.  On the other hand, it is devastating when you realize just how entangled and blurry the relationship and emotions become. This is a fairly modern time period that the story takes place in ( including references to Google maps) but you realize that Sasha has come from a culture where being homosexual was not only frowned upon but actually punishable by law.  This was the most interesting part for me as a reader.  I enjoyed seeing things from a very different perspective.  Ms. Fox is able to put so much into each of these tiny letters she writes.  The first letter is where the reader learns about the married couple and ho they came to the conclusion to seek out Sasha.  The letters then continue to explain  her first meeting with him and her thoughts and impressions of him.  The story keeps unfolding with each new letter taking you on a very touching and in-depth view into the workings of this relationship.  I really enjoyed reading this book but it is not for everyone.  There are sexually descriptive scenes in the book that some may find offense with especially if they do not approve of the sexual orientation of the characters.  These scenes are handled maturely and in a way that is not distracting from the overall tone of the book. This book is beautifully written and filled with very important issues still facing our LGBT community now. The book was published on September 3,2015 by Dog Ear Publishing and it can be purchased on www.dogearpublishing.net,  on www.amazon.com, or any other site you purchase books from. You can also read more on this book or the author by visiting the Goodreads website https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14501870.Julia_G_Foxor the author’s site.
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The Author’s site :http://www.juliegfox.com


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