For the past forty years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has worked as a surrogate partner, helping clients to confront, consider, and ultimately accept their sexuality. In this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene shares some of her most moving cases, and also reveals her own sexual coming-of-age. Beginning with a rigid Catholic upbringing in the 1950s, where she was taught to think sex and sexual desires were unnatural and wrong, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity.
An Intimate Life offers a candid look into the personal and professional life of a surrogate partner, examining the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing something most people do not immediately understand.
The memoir opens with Cohen Greene’s work with Berkeley-based poet and journalist Mark O’Brien, whose essay “On Seeing A Sex Surrogate” was adapted into a major motion picture titled The Sessions, which was released nationwide in October 2012.
For more than 30 years of our personal and professional association I have urged Cheryl Cohen-Greene to tell her story to the world. Finally here it is. An Intimate Life is bolder, more sensitive, more touching, more entertaining, more informative, and just plain more fascinating than I ever could have hoped. This is a wonderful book on so many levels I can honestlyrecommend it to anyone.
A woman’s compelling memoir of her unusual career . . . Baring it all in a sexually explicit but clinical, non-erotic way, Cohen Greene opens a door onto an intimate life... Her work with one handicapped man [Mark O’Brien] is the basis of the film The Sessions, starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt. An illuminating revelation of the unfamiliar.
A rare look at a worthy and fascinating subject. At its core a love story, Cheryl Cohen-Greene’s memoir demystifies surrogacy and debunks its creaky myths with an empowering sense of dignity and truth. Raw, brave, touching and above all unflinchingly honest.
Cheryl Cohen-Greene’s book allows us to share in her beautiful work. We read about sexual healing and we are healed ourselves. Give yourself the gift of reading this book and getting a glimpse of what is possible.
Greene interweaves her own story with stories of her clients (names, physical characteristics, and mannerisms have been changed to protect their privacy) to create a provocative and unusual book about a provocative and unusual profession.