This is the modern classic that changed the way we thought about sex. "Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same". (Anonymous (a woman)). Compulsive daydreamer Isadora Wing has come to a crossroads. Five years of marriage have made her itchy - itchy for men, and itchy for solitude. Ditching her second husband during a work conference in Vienna she decides to cut and run, criss-crossing her way across Europe in search of the perfect no-strings-attached tryst - and she won't let a little thing like a fear of flying get in her way. Witty, fearless and exuberant, Fear of Flying remains as sensational today as when it was first published.
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Erica Jong who has written poetry has written a novel about a young woman named Isadora Zelda who also writes poetry and is one of those Isadora-Zelda-Marjorie Morningstars who become neurotic Jewish-American-Princesses or prom queens full of not only their mother's aspirations as well as their own fears (flying, or just being alone) or guilts (random sex; the boy she married and left in a California institution) as well as her various Half-Lives and other subdivisions. If it is only between her feminine mystique and her female hygiene - and anyone who can refer to a diaphragm as a yarmulke will instantly make the latter less troublesome. Then of course there's the major reconciliation between her writing (which takes her "to the unknown worlds within my head") and wifehood - she's now on her second attempt with a psychiatrist en route to Europe with 117 other analysts with "longish hair and tentative beards." Bennett is Freudian, sombre and penitential although he comes on more strongly in the sack while her new love, a Laingian, proves to be as "limp as a water-logged noodle" and in the end, worse, abandons her altogether. The terrain is familiar but Miss Jong is a funny writer and look out for those insets on anything from European facilities to The New Yorker. A wayward, wicked entertainment of one of those chafed spirits so very much of our time. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Erica Jong
Erica Jong is a poet, novelist and essayist whose works have been influential all over the world. Her first novel Fear of Flying has sold over 27 million copies from the US and Europe to China. Fear of Flying has just celebrated its 40th Anniversary with new editions in many languages. She is the author of seven widely honoured volumes of poetry, eight novels and seven non-fiction books. Her forthcoming novel is Fear of Dying, due for release in September 2015. Among other awards she has been honoured with the Fernanda Pivano Award for Literature in Italy, the Sigmund Freud award in Italy, the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature and Poetry Magazine's Bess Hokin Prize. www.ericajong.com