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Fear of Dying

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The new novel from the author of the iconic international bestseller Fear of Flying. Four decades ago, Erica Jong changed the way we looked at love, marriage, and especially sex in her revolutionary bestseller, Fear of Flying. Now she mixes her trademark sharp, clever prose with poetic poignancy to bring us the story of a woman who never wants to give in to fear. Vanessa Wonderman is a former actress in her 60s who finds herself balancing between her dying parents, her aging husband and her beloved, pregnant daughter. Although Vanessa considers herself 'a happily married woman', the lack of sex in her life makes her feel as if she's losing something too valuable to ignore. So she places an ad for sex on a site called and the life she knew begins to unravel. With the help and counsel of her best friend, Isadora Wing, Vanessa weeds out the lovers from the losers and liars, and starts to question if what she's looking for might be close at hand after all. Hilarious and heart wrenching, Fear of Dying is a daring and delightful look at what it really takes to be human and female in the 21st century.
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Fear of Flying has sold over 26 million copies worldwide. It's a novel that has transcended place and time. Erica Jong is at the forefront of cultural debate once more. Fear of Dying is set to storm into the autumn and grab the zeitgeist by the throat.

About the Author

Erica Jong is a poet, novelist, and essayist, best known for her eight New York Times bestselling novels, including Fear of Flying (which has sold 26 million copies in more than forty languages) and Fear of Fifty. Her work has appeared all over the world.


* I loved Fear of Dying. I found it irreverent, funny, tender and very wise and it made me feel more alive -- RACHEL JOYCE The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry * How she was able to deal with all these sensitive issues and still make the book funny is amazing. I loved reading it -- WOODY ALLEN * It's going to happen to all of us and yet talking about it seems taboo. Just as she once ripped the lace modesty vest off sex, Erica Jong has now exposed death in all its immodesty -- SHIRLEY CONRAN author of Lace * Fear of Flying was a liberating hymn to sex: Fear of Dying adds despatches from the dark side and becomes a hymn to love -- Fay Weldon * Erica Jong has done it again! Fear of Dying is a big, bawdy, beautifully-written romp through online hookups, female friendships, children grappling with adulthood and parents negotiating with death. Fear of Dying is big, warm-hearted, generous book that will satisfy Jong's longtime fans and delight her new readers -- JENNIFER WEINER * Moving and deeply poetic, Fear of Dying is a compelling novel that truly understands the process of aging. With astonishing images on every page, Erica Jong gives us a veiled spiritual autobiography with an unstoppable quality, a narrative momentum that held me from first to last as it seamlessly unfolds from Jong's previous work, yet with sharp new edge, giving us a wise book, a book to savoUr -- JAY PARINI * Erica Jong has written a whip-smart, insightful, hilarious and ridiculously relatable new novel ... Destined to be called an instant classic, I could not put this stunning book down. In 1973, Fear of Flying was the book we needed, now the book we need is Fear of Dying -- JULIE KLAM * Erica Jong fans, rejoice! Her new novel, the cleverly and aptly titled Fear of Dying, is a truth-teller's dream. In it, Jong and her alter egos face life's most difficult challenges, head on and all at once. As the great poet William Butler Yeats wrote, "the only two things worth writing about are sex and death," and in Fear of Dying, Jong takes on both. Along the way, she also tells the story of a marriage that grows happier despite all. This wise book, written in prose gorgeous enough to make one swoon, will delight and enrich the lives of everyone who reads it -- ROSEMARY DANIELL * Fear of Dying is the perfect spirited, funny bookend to Erica Jong's classic Fear of Flying. In this lighthearted, sexy and wise romp of a novel, Jong explores some deep truths about aging, family, love and marriage after sixty. This novel is a wonderful, readable blend of entertainment and wisdom. I loved it!"-Susan Cheever, author of Home Before Dark -- Susan Cheever Praise for Fear of Flying: 'Belongs to, and hilariously extends, the tradition of Catcher in the Rye and Portnoy's Complaint, that of the New York voice on the couch, the smart kid's lament ... fierce and fresh, tender, and exact' -- JOHN UPDIKE * Will make literary history ... because of it women are going to find their own voice and give us great sagas of sex, life, joy, and adventure -- HENRY MILLER * The book that started it all by the woman who started it all -- NAOMI WOLF * For young women of my generation, the story of Isadora Wing and her search for no-strings, satisfying sex was daring and startling and wonderful. It was like, "I am not the only woman who has fantasies - sexual or otherwise". When I met Erica Jong, not long after the book was published, I couldn't even speak because I was so in awe -- JUDY BLUME, My Life in Books Elle * Transcends being a woman's book and becomes a latter-day Ulysses, with a female Bloom stumbling and groping, but surviving Wall Street Journal

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