THE NAKED TRUTH by Leslie Morgan


A Memoir
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A woman’s divorce opens the floodgates of sex and desire.

After escaping the abusive marriage harrowingly depicted in her debut memoir, Crazy Love (2009), journalist and public speaker Morgan (The Baby Chase: How Surrogacy Is Transforming the American Family, 2013, etc.) found happiness in another union, which lasted nearly two decades before falling apart. In excruciating detail, she writes of her marriage souring once her husband had begun examining her and their children “as if we were companies he was planning to take over and sell within a few years,” while she openly admitted to being a different person after gaining weight and becoming embittered. Morgan found herself at a crossroads on the threshold of 50 with two grown children and two failed relationships. Encouraged by friends and family to embrace a fresh beginning, she bought a new Audi and daringly embarked on a dating marathon that sparked a seemingly unquenchable thirst for passion and sexual gratification. Morgan was “ravenous to be held, to be loved, to let a man inside me. To my surprise, the first reward of a starvation diet is that when you’re famished, everything tastes amazing.” Erotic rejuvenation followed, but so did many missteps, including a gaggle of doltish, commitment-shy, grab-and-go men. Though “the intensity of male energy, after a twenty-year absence, felt as revitalizing as inhaling smelling salts,” the “mental gymnastics” spurred by the drama of contemporary dating had her head spinning. Nonetheless, Morgan’s exhilaration at her new life and her reinvigorated sexuality make for thrilling reading. She ably translates her simmering sexcapades as a “MILF” with a chorus of randy men while pondering post-divorce womanhood as a single lady on the prowl. A formidable, addictive storyteller, Morgan provides a highly stimulating story of a midlife education in the messiness of modern sex and love.

A steamy, liberating tale of self-exploration and self-love that encourages readers to “revel in your sexuality.”

Pub Date: May 21st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5011-7410-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2019


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