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The bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Wives offers a refreshingly honest look at how to enjoy a long, satisfying sex life no matter what life throws at you.

Hooking up, marriage, childbirth, infidelity, divorce, menopause, widowhood—women’s lives have many stages, changes, and challenges. A prevailing question on women’s minds as they age is, “How do I handle the shifts in my sexuality caused by these transitions?”

In Sex After…, veteran journalist and New York Times bestselling author Iris Krasnow tackles this question head-on. Krasnow traveled the country, interviewing over 150 women, from waitresses to CEOs, ages twenty to eighty-eight. Here she shares their varied stories—raw, titillating, and, most importantly, real. Their confessions are bolstered by Krasnow’s in-depth research and reporting, as well as commentary from experts ranging from oncologists, gynecologists, and sex therapists to a Rabbi and the still-feisty Dr. Ruth Westheimer. This rich chorus of voices joins together in an unprecedented and all-encompassing exploration of each phase of intimacy and sexuality and of how life’s passages affect a woman’s mind, body, and soul.

We meet a young wife whose husband lost a leg in Afghanistan; women re-jiggering their relationships after pregnancy, mastectomies, and hysterectomies; and those dealing with husbands with prostate cancer or a penchant for Viagra. We are also thrust into the sagas of post-college random sex and dating after divorce and widowhood—in an era when STDs in older populations are on the rise. And there are testimonies from long-married grandmothers—a sunset period of life that can turn out to be very sexy, through adjusted expectations and the introduction of new toys and new routines.

In her trademark conversational style, Krasnow leaves no stone unturned when it comes to sex and intimacy, from hooking up in the twenties to hooking up in senior communities—and everything in between.

A well-crafted balance of inspirational (and juicy) anecdotes and prescriptive medical information, this is the book that offers every woman secrets and strategies that will help her feel sexy and fully alive throughout the female growth cycle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We think that sex is eternal but in fact our ideas on sex do change with the decades. Sex After…is full of comforting information about these changes. A book that will be read and reread with gratitude.”

    Erica Jong, New York Times bestselling author of Fear of Flying

  • “This book will start conversations that need to be had, and discussions about female sexual health and pleasure that need to be better understood. Some of the best and most practical advice comes from those who have been there. I also know change to, and in, our sex lives is inevitable and that women want to know what other women really do to recreate their intimate and sexual landscape. Part validation, part guide, part supportive girlfriend, Sex After... is your close girlfriends in book form sharing the real goods—and I mean real goods—on what they did and do.”

    Lou Paget, author of The Great Lover Playbook and AASECT Certified Sex Educator

  • “Krasnow shares the experiences of women—and a few men—to demonstrate how sexual experiences change over the years…Because Krasnow includes a vast number of people at different stages of their lives, there is something relatable for everyone and many opportunities to gain new knowledge as one moves through life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Journalist Krasnow shares the skinny on women’s sex lives…A nuanced, revelatory account of the role of sexual freedom in modern intimacy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Iris Krasnow

Iris Krasnow is the author of the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, as well as Surrendering to Motherhood, Surrendering to Yourself, and I Am My Mother’s Daughter. She has appeared on numerous national shows, ranging from Oprah and Good Morning America to All Things Considered. She lives in Maryland with her husband and four sons.