Like most women, whether they’ve chosen the Fortune 500 career path or have five kids by 35, Anna David wondered if she’d made the right choices. Then she came upon the classic Sex & the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmo’s fearless leader from the mid-sixties to the late nineties.
Immediately connecting with Gurley Brown’s unique message of self-empowerment combined with undeniable femininity, Anna vowed to use Sex as a lesson plan, venturing out of her comfort zone to meet men in new ways and date those she would have never before considered. She decides to open herself up in every way possible, hoping to overcome the fears that have haunted her for years.
Embarking upon a journey both intensely personal and undeniably universal, she becomes adventurous, willing to learn, and spontaneous—revising her wardrobe and apartment, learning to cook and put on makeup, taking French, pottery and windsurfing lessons, consulting a voice coach and a life coach, dashing off to Seville and Marrakech, trying speed dating and dog walking in order to meet men and whiling the night away with a much younger stranger. In the process, she ends up meeting the person really worth changing for: herself.