Erica Jong (c) Mary Ann Halpin

Erica Jong

From Fear of Flying to Fear of Dying

Autumn Series/
Wed 28 October 2015

Erica Jong

From Fear of Flying to Fear of Dying

Erica Jong (c) Mary Ann Halpin
Wed 28 October 2015,

Erica Jong’s revolutionary bestseller, Fear of Flying, opened the door for a whole generation of women and inspired future writers and feminists from Jennifer Weiner to Lena Dunham. It has now sold more than 26 million copies worldwide.

Jong now returns with Fear of Dying to bring a powerful and lasting legacy to feminists young and old. Telling the story of a woman who never wants to give in to fear, she addresses what it really takes to be human and female in the 21st century.

Fear of Dying follows the life of Vanessa Wonderman as she watches her parents age, attends doctor appointments with her pregnant daughter, and sits by the hospital bed of her most recent husband, Asher, fifteen years her senior. With her best years as an actress behind her, she’s discovering that beginnings are easy but endings can be hard. Could her fountain of youth fantasies be fulfilled on zipless.com? A site inspired by the writings of her best friend, Isadora Wing, it promises ‘no strings attached’ encounters—and Vanessa is so restless, that she’s willing to try anything.

Examining the thoughts and lives of three generations of women and issues such as addiction, fame, sex and internet dating as well as grief and aging Fear of Dying is a truly contemporary and daring novel, balancing how far we’ve come and what remains universal and timeless.

Image credit: Mary Ann Halpin

 

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