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SIWA Monthly Book Club: “THE STATE OF AFFAIRS – Rethinking Infidelity” by Esther Perel

Friday, August 11 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


“Love is messy; infidelity more so. But it is also a window, like no other, into the crevices of the human heart.”  Esther Perel


The emblematic couple’s therapist and bestselling author, Esther Perel is recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful voices on personal and professional relationships.  In “The State of Affairs – REthinking Infidelity”, she examines modern relationships through the lens of infidelity


This non-fiction book is not evidence based scientific survey nor a sociological study, rather it is based on real life stories from Perels’ 30-year long  work with couples. She takes you on a journey to understand the pain caused by  infidelity in relationships, the dilemmas couples go through before, during and after the affair, the questions one asks from themselves and the ones one gets from friends, family, the personal and cultural expectations towards relationships and the various facets of the situation from each individual’s perspective.


Often, people judge the person who has committed infidelity and see the partner as the victim. But, every story has 2 sides to the coin. 


Does infidelity have a general definition? Do we know what it means? Or is it different for everyone? 

What are the motivations and emotions underlying infidelity? Why does it hurt so much? Is there an affair-proof relationship recipe? Can we love more than one person at the same time? Can we love and trust again after infidelity? Can it help to improve relationships?


Come this August to discuss this compelling book and understand the complexities of love and desire.


Event date & time: 2023.08.11. 10:30 – 12:00


Event host: Sejung Jang, bookclub@siwakorea.com 


Venue / meeting spot: Paris Croissant Hannam-dong , 서울 용산구 독서당로 78 (한남동) 청화빌딩

Naver map: http://naver.me/xaP7LmuL 


Nr of participants: no limit


Ticket price: free


Additional Information: BC events are exclusively for SIWA members. 


If you want to plan ahead, next month’s book is “COMI AGUA PARA CHOCOLATE” by Laura Esquivel


Friday, August 11 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Sejung Jang


Paris Croissant: Hannam-dong
273-3 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, South Korea + Google Map