The Surrender (Paperback)

An Erotic Memoir

By Toni Bentley

Ecco, 9780060732479, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/12/2004)

List Price: 16.99*
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Few women do it and even fewer will admit to it. But in Toni Bentley's daring and intimate memoir, The Surrender, she pulls the sheets back on an erotic experience that's been forbidden since the Bible and celebrates "the joy that lies on the other side of convention, where risk is real and rapture resides." From Story of O to The Kiss to The Sexual Life of Catherine M., readers have been enthralled with sexually subversive memoirs by women. But even those erotic classics didn't navigate the psychosexual terrain that Bentley does when she meets a lover who introduces her to a radical and unexpected pleasure, to the "holy" act that she came to see as her awakening.

The Surrender is a witty, intelligent, and eloquent exploration of one woman's obsession that will be sure to leave readers questioning their own desires.

About the Author

Toni Bentley danced with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet for ten years. She is the author of Winter Season: A Dancer's Journal, Holding On to the Air: An Autobiography (by Suzanne Farrell with Toni Bentley), Costumes by Karin-ska and Sisters of Salome, all of which were New York Times Notable Books. She has written articles for numerous publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Allure, and Rolling Stone.

Praise For The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir

— —New York Times Book Review

— —The New York Observer

“Wonderfully smart and sexy and witty and moving.”
— —Publishers Weekly starred review

“A small masterpiece of erotic writing.”
— —Leon Wieseltier

“Revealing and witty.”
— —Time Out New York

“Stylish and amusing.”
— —Entertainment Weekly