by Julie Hilden

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Maya and Ilan have an unusual marriage: Maya agrees to tolerate Ilan’s chronic infidelity as long as she can participate and he will never stray without her.  To her surprise, she finds their threesomes as arousing as they are disturbing, and for a while, everything seems fine.  But as Maya’s writing career takes off and she becomes more independent, Ilan feels threatened, and opts for another kind of sexual experimentation—one that plays on Maya’s fear and ultimately threatens her life.

Meanwhile, Maya is drawn into another relationship, with a fateful third character.  When her new liaison begins to mirror her marriage to Ilan, Maya discovers that her lover, seemingly a stranger, knows far more about her past than she has revealed.

A compelling chronicle of obsession and power, 3 brings new immediacy to a timeless question: What is the greatest sacrifice you would make for love?

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ISBN-13: 9781101651513
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2003
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 460 KB

About the Author

Julie Hilden graduated from Harvard, and earned a law degree at Yale and an MA in creative writing from Cornell.  After several years of practicing law, she has now turned to writing full time. Her regular law column appears in’s on-line magazine Writ and on CNN’s Law Center, and she also has written for Slate magazine. Her first book, a memoir entitled The Bad Daughter, was published by Algonquin Books. She lives in New York City.

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Three 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rejected title: Due To the Failures of Our Parents, We Treat Ourselves and the World with Needless Cruelty: However, the unusual nature of our sex lives justifies our existence by demonstrating that we feel things more strongly than other people and as a result are more fully human than you.
9days on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is both beautiful, and disturbing. I will tell you up front that this is definately not for the faint of heart. Most of the depictions are extremely graphic, which makes the gut-wrencing scenes even more so. There are two central themes here, and they are sex and obsession. The title implies that the central focus is threesomes, but this subject actually takes up a negligible amount of the book. Actually, threesomes are only the beginning. Soon, the intimate life of the main characters, Maya and Ilan, become more and more intense, spiralling into the almost fatal. Ilan wants to take Maya into deeper, darker places. Despite how horrific some of this can be, what really has the most impact here is Maya's emotions, and her willingness, and even enjoyment, of letting Ilan do these things. At times the reader thinks she truly does love him very deeply, but at other times it seems as if it's only an obsessive dependence. You'll wonder if she does these things because she really wants to, or only does it to make him happy. Ilan's real feelings for Maya are always in question. The story is beautiful, almost stream-of-conciousness, and the feelings Ms. Hilden evokes with her amazing writing had me enthralled. The emotional impact it had on me was amazing, and at times I found myself surprisingly angry and horrified with the events. But for all the horror, it is strangely erotic, although I wouldn't call this an erotic novel. Because of all Maya goes through, it had me nearly praying for a truly intimate and caring scene between Maya and Ilan. And there are unnumerable sex scenes. This book has so much gut emotional impact, and beautiful writing, but I would only recommend it for those who don't mind possibly being shocked or apalled.