The “extraordinary” #1 New York Times–bestselling classic about women and marriage, “at once wildly funny and very wise” (Los Angeles Times).
After five years, Isadora Wing has come to a crossroads in her marriage: Should she and her husband stay together or get divorced? Accompanying her husband to an analysts’ conference in Vienna, she ditches him and strikes out on her own, crisscrossing Europe in search of a man who can inspire uninhibited passion. But, as she comes to learn, liberation and happiness are not necessarily the same thing.
A literary sensation when it was first published, Fear of Flying established Erica Jong as one of her generation’s foremost voices on sex and feminism. Decades later, the novel has lost none of its insight, verve, or jaw-dropping wit.
“A winner . . . fearless and fresh, tender and exact.” —John Updike, The New Yorker
This ebook features a new introduction by Fay Weldon, as well as an illustrated biography of Erica Jong, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection
More than 40 years after the publication of the cultural touchstone Fear of Flying, Jong delivers a not-quite sequel an exploration of the emotional and sexual consciousness of Vanessa Wonderman, an actress who threw herself into the role of wife of the kind, wealthy, 20-years-older Asher when Vanessa's "acting career had gone to that place women's acting careers used to go when they neared fifty." Now sandwiched between ailing parents and a pregnant daughter, and unwilling to "retreat into serene sexlessness," Vanessa is "just unhinged enough" to place an Internet ad looking for someone to "come celebrate Eros one afternoon per week." So what makes this a sequel? The website where she posted the ad is Zipless.com, the name ripped off from her best friend Isadora Wing, who coined the term zipless to describe a certain kind of one-night encounter in the original Fear Of book. (Fear of Fifty, a memoir, was released in 1994.) With Isadora, Jong ushered in a bold new way for women to talk about their sex lives and their desire to pursue pleasure for its own sake. It's canny of Jong to tie this story back to Isadora's original quest for something like sexual fulfillment and Isadora pops up in this story to act as a wizened guide. Unfortunately, it's Vanessa who narrates this story, and while readers may be amused by Jong's trademark humor, which reads like catching up with a very chatty and revealing friend, Vanessa as a character is too self-absorbed to provoke any feeling other than relief when it's over.