The Wild Oats Project

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

What if for just one year you explored everything you’d wondered about sex but hadn’t tried?
            The project was simple: An attractive, successful magazine journalist, Robin Rinaldi, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was forty-four, or that she was married to a man she’d been in love with for eighteen years. What followed—a year of sex, heartbreak, and unexpected revelation—is the topic of this riveting memoir, The Wild Oats Project.
   An open marriage was never one of Rinaldi’s goals—her priority as she approached midlife was to start a family. But when her husband insisted on a vasectomy, she decided that she could remain married only on her own terms. If I can’t have children, she told herself, then I’m going to have lovers. During the week she would live alone, seduce men (and women), attend erotic workshops, and partake in wall-banging sex. On the weekends, she would go home and be a wife.
   At a time when the bestseller lists are topped by books about eroticism and the shifting roles of women, this brave memoir explores how our sexuality defines us—and it delivers the missing link: an everywoman’s account of sex. Combining the strong literary voice of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild with the adventurousness of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, LoveThe Wild Oats Project challenges our sensibilities and evokes the delicate balance between loving others and staying true to oneself.


"Did I read the hell out of this book? You bet I did. . . . Rinaldi is skilled at writing about sex—she is shameless and honest. . . . She is an operatic, reckless narrator, which makes, of course, for great reading." —The Globe and Mail

"The Wild Oats Project is bravely detailed. . . . it is likely her reasoning behind her project will hit a nerve with many of us, although we might not like to admit it."
The Independent (UK)

"The Wild Oats Project is a roller-coaster . . . a fascinating ride. . . . [with] so many twists and turns. . . . [This] book is a good read."
Toronto Star

"Get ready for The Wild Oats Project phenomenon. . . . A sexual-awakening romp wrapped in a female-empowerment narrative, a sort of Fifty Shades of Eat, Pray, Love. . . .  [this is] a book I see launching book-club conversations and plenty of pillow talk—not just about sex and marriage, but about the price and possibility of self-reinvention."
Washington Post

"[The Wild Oats Project is] brutally honest and real. . . . refreshing."
The Daily Beast