"Ms. Bentley belongs to . . . the
Few women do it and even fewer will admit to it. But in Toni Bentley’s daring and intimate memoir, The Surrender, she candidly pulls the sheets back on a sexual act 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 The 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.
"Stylish and amusing."
"An intelligent, funny memoir."
"Wonderfully smart and sexy and witty and moving."
"A small masterpiece of erotic writing.”
"The Surrender is a brave book ... in its
"A fierce and funny book, intimidating and
"Genuinely daring in its self-exposure...
"Toni Bentley has done nearly the unimaginable:
"Arousing, fascinating, and beautifully written, Toni Bentley’s The
"The art of talking dirty has come late to
"Bentley's laser-sharp prose, dead-on economy, and mastery of the
"What Bentley has achieved in these pages
"Bentley has gone into territory other writers are
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 Karinska 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.