Vintage (Australia). 340 pages.

This 1970’s classic truly deserves its “zipless” reputation.  Isadora Wing, who is married to her psychoanalyst, is restless, insecure, but highly perceptive and is a remarkable writer.  Having had countless therapies, she is well versed on psychological terms and complexes, and perhaps overly so. She is constantly on the search for that “Zipless F*ck”– what it is and how it is executed, she perfectly describes in the book.

Confused and torn–she compromises her marriage to the steady Bennett Wing, and scurries off with the revolting Adrian Goodlove–who doesn’t give any good loving at all –in both sense of the word.

Fear of Flying is so much more than just the ’70’s sexual revolution’ that it is known for. I initially thought I could compare it with “The Bride Stripped Bare” but they are entirely different. ‘The Bride Stripped” is sensous, poetic, and hypnotic where as “Flying” is blunt, funny, sexy and very much real.

How real the book is , is debatable, as many are convinced that Fear of Flying is a semi-autobiographical work of Jong. The characters, coincidences and plot are too parallel to be considered fiction.

Whether it is fiction or not, Fear

of Flying has definitely made it home to my top 15 books.

Erica Jong

News has it that Maggie Gyllenhaal will play the role of Isadora Wing for the movie adaptation


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