In The Secret Lives of Wives, more than 200 women reveal to Iris Krasnow how they keep their relationships together, from separate vacations to 'boyfriends with boundaries.' But can a man on the side really help your marriage?
In the literary classics, the woman who dares betray her husband suffers a predictable fate: death, suicide, social condemnation. Anna Karenina famously threw herself in front of a train. Emma Bovary, from the 1856 Flaubert classic, was driven to swallow arsenic. And then, of course, there was poor Hester Prynne—branded with a scarlet letter for mothering a child with another man.
Today’s modern femme philanderers, if you believe a new book on the topic, seem to take it all in stride.