What could be better than a New York romance about cheating husbands and swinging wives, Brooklyn sex clubs, Manhattan real estate and crown lines? Maybe nothing, which is why Taylor Hahn’s Lifestyle is likely to be summer beach reading, from Coney Island to the Hamptons.
Now Khan lives in Los Angeles, but not so long ago she was a lawyer in Manhattan at a cocktail party and listened to a conversation about swing. It was his “eureka” moment when he realized that the idea of a married couple becoming swingers was the perfect new fodder.
“He had such great potential. Sex, drama, love, jealousy. But I got deeper into it and realized it was more than that, so I wanted to write a feminist sex-positive novel about this woman exploring her sexuality without shame.
One Friday evening, the main character of the novel, Georgina Wagman, decides to visit her husband at their joint law firm. She discovers her supposedly faithful husband in a compromised position with a colleague. After an initial trauma, the pragmatic Georgina tries to mend her marriage by recruiting her husband (and all their friends!) to explore the New York City sex club scene. The resulting jokes are described in hilarious detail.
Not too obvious, “Lifestyle” actually is according to Khan, a novel for the faint of heart.
“I would say that the book is popular with the masses,” she says. “Everyone should feel comfortable accepting it, regardless of their lifestyle experience or their comfort with their own sexuality.”
By the end of the novel, Georgina, a passionate feminist, becomes such a big fan of swing that she considers herself a “cruiser of intercourse” or a “swinger suffragist”.
This is also Khan’s opinion, because by the end of “Lifestyle” his characters get better with their decision to explore – if it leads to stronger marriages for some and divorces for others.
“Swinging helped them grow as people, discover a side of themselves that they hadn’t explored before. Although it may have changed their lives in many ways, it was all for the better.