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"Sex, love, the 1970s & 1 extraordinary family that lived to tell the tale. In 1975, suburban parents Paul & Roz Mellow write a Joy of Sex-type book called Pleasuring: One Couple's Journey to Fulfillment, which becomes a surprise runaway bestseller. The Position opens with the 4 Mellow children, aged 6 to 15, at the moment when they see the mortifying book (& the graphic, pastel illustrations of their parents' creative, vigorous lovemaking) for the very first time -- an experience that will forever complicate their ideas about sex, parents, families, & themselves. The book brings a strange celebrity & small fortune ("sex money" the children call it) to the Mellows & ultimately changes the shape of the family forever. Thirty years later, as the now-dispersed family members argue about whether to reiusse the book, we follow the complicated lives of each of the grown children as they confront their own struggles with love, work, sex, death, & the indelible early specter of their erotically charged parents. "