The Bride Stripped Bare plays off the premise that the anonymous diarist's mother found the text after her daughter and grandson disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving only their car at the top of a cliff. Their bodies were never found. From there follows the inner secrets of the ostensibly perfect housewife – from her Marrakech honeymoon to her illicit Sevillian affair and her descent into a sexual awakening at the hands of strangers. Her husband holds no particular allure for her, but is, by her own
account, attentive and kind. If he doesn't understand her, there's little indication that he's a cad. She suspects him of having an affair and he doesn't want her to work outside the home, but seems no more controlling or callous than the average person.
Perhaps the narrator is simply bored. She has found the husband and baby to which so many women aspire and now she is apathetic and is looking for something to once again quicken her sense of vitality. For whatever reason, the tension builds over the question of whether and how long the narrator can keep her secret life a secret.
This report prepared by Jennifer Martin-Romme
The newlywed heroine loves her husband Cole, but finds their sex life unsatisfactory. She meets Gabriel, a naive virgin, and offers him lessons in the art of sex. This gives her the opportunity to try techniques she would not attempt with her husband. Meanwhile she receives romantic letters from a secret admirer.
This report prepared by Stephen Coombs