Book One of Henry Miller's Rosy Crucifixion, Sexus (1949) details his divorce from his first wife up until his early marriage to his second wife, June Miller. It takes place in New York, where Miller was born and raised and includes portraits of his many friends, lovers and acquaintances, and includes many reminiscences. Furthermore, it provides a view into Miller's ambition and struggle to become a writer -- a struggle his friends barely understood.
Miller uses licentious sex scenes to set the stage for his philosophical discussions of self, love, marriage and happiness. Sexus is the first book of a 3 part series by Miller. The second book is Plexus, followed by Nexus.