Over forty years ago Erica Jong wrote Fear Of Flying and it was considered somewhat controversial. She’s back with her first new novel in ten years Fear Of Dying (St. Martin’s Press, in stores now).
The novel is about Vanessa Wonderman, a woman who is in her 60’s and wondering where her life has gone and where it’s going. A former actress who’s still a striking woman, she’s in a somewhat sexless marriage, has to deal with two parents that are sick and need constant care and the death of her longtime dog. Her husband has had a heart attack and her daughter is about to give birth to her first child.
Financially well off but spiritually not in a great place. She is so needy for sex, she tries an online dating site (with funny situations but with people that have kinky fetishes). That doesn’t work out for her. When her husband has a heart attack, she starts to re-evaluate her life and what it is she really wants.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s funny, heart warming and is an honest look at what people go through when aging and taking stock of their lives. When all is said and done, when you open your eyes, you may see what you want right in front of you.