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Fear of Flying

A Novel

Erica Jong, with an introduction by Jennifer Weiner

Henry Holt and Co.

The 40th anniversary reissue of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Fear of Flying, with a new introduction by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner

Originally published in 1973 by Holt, Reinhardt and Winston, Fear of Flying, the internationally bestselling story of Isadora Wing by Erica Jong, coined a new phrase for a sex act and launched a new way of thinking about gender, sexuality, and liberty in our society. On the 40th anniversary of its initial publication, we, the original publisher, are reissuing this seminal work with a new introduction by Jennifer Weiner.

An NPR Best Book of 2013

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En Route to the Congress of Dreams or the Zipless Fuck

Bigamy is having one husband too
many. Monogamy is the same.

—Anonymous (a woman)

There were 117 psychoanalysts on the Pan Am flight to Vienna and I’d been treated by at least six of them. And married a seventh. God knows it was a tribute either to the shrinks’ ineptitude or my own glorious unanalyzability that I was now, if anything, more scared of flying than when I began my analytic adventures some thirteen years earlier.

My husband grabbed my hand therapeutically at the moment of

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  • Erica Jong interviewed on NPR's Weekend Edition

    Erica Jong discusses 'Fear of Flying' on NPR's Weekend Edition.

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Praise for Fear of Flying

One of NPR's "Best Books of 2013"

"The first true loss of intimacy, security, and love in a woman’s life typically brings her face to face with the terror of being alone: She must endure the insane pounding heart and not go mad. This is what Erica Jong’s classic novel Fear of Flying is really all about: being snipped from the emotional strings that tie you to a man, going into free fall, and, perhaps, learning to fly."-- BookForum

"A passionate novel... the body wanting sex, sex, sex and love and safety, comfort; the mind wanting freedom, independence, the power to work.... wonderfully funny and sad, witty and agonizing, brilliant, sensual, serious" –Hannah Green

"Belongs to and hilariously extends the tradition of Catcher in the Rye and Portnoy’s Complaint.... [F]earless and fresh, tender and exact... " –John Updike

"The boundary-breaking novel that redefined sexuality." –O magazine

"The book that started it all by the woman who started it all." –Naomi Wolf

"Extraordinary...at once wildly funny and very wise." --Los Angeles Times

One of NPR's "Best Books of 2013"

"The first true loss of intimacy, security, and love in a woman’s life typically brings her face to face with the terror of being alone: She must endure the insane pounding heart and not go mad. This is what Erica Jong’s classic novel Fear of Flying is really all about: being snipped from the emotional strings that tie you to a man, going into free fall, and, perhaps, learning to fly."-- BookForum

"A passionate novel... the body wanting sex, sex, sex and love and safety, comfort; the mind wanting freedom, independence, the power to work.... wonderfully funny and sad, witty and agonizing, brilliant, sensual, serious" –Hannah Green

"Belongs to and hilariously extends the tradition of Catcher in the Rye and Portnoy’s Complaint.... [F]earless and fresh, tender and exact... " –John Updike

"The boundary-breaking novel that redefined sexuality." –O magazine

"The book that started it all by the woman who started it all." –Naomi Wolf

"Extraordinary...at once wildly funny and very wise." --Los Angeles Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Erica Jong, with an introduction by Jennifer Weiner

  • Erica Jong grew up in Manhattan and majored in writing and literature at Barnard. She received her MA in 18th-century English literature from Columbia and left before finishing her PhD to write Fear of Flying, which has sold 20 million copies worldwide. She has written award-winning poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She lives in NYC and Connecticut.

    Jennifer Weiner, a graduate of Princeton, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Good in Bed and In Her Shoes.

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    Fear of Flying

    A Novel

    Erica Jong, with an introduction by Jennifer Weiner

    NPR Best Book of the Year
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    Henry Holt and Co.

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