How to Save Your Own Life

How to Save Your Own Life

by Erica Jong
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How to Save Your Own Life by Erica Jong

Fear of Flying changed the landscape of modern literature, razing the barriers of convention that inhibited the way women wrote about sex. It quickly became a landmark work of the late twentieth century. Its sequel, How to Save Your Own Life, pushes the boundaries proscribing women and sex in print still further as its protagonist, Isadora Wing, continues her mythic journey to self-discovery, breaking taboos all along the way. Spurred by a friend's suicide, Isadora chooses to face her fears, leave her marriage, and search for sexual fulfillment. Deep complex, and as resonant as Fear of Flying, this work is an autobiographical-imaginative record so authentic to our experience that one believes in Isadora Wing as one believes in few characters in fiction. How to Save Your Own Life confirmed Erica Jong's reputation as a literary rebel and visionary--a writer whose words illuminate our minds.

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ISBN-13: 9780451148346
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/1986
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Erica Jong is the author of nineteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir, including Fear of Flying, which has more than 18 million copies in print worldwide. Her most recent essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, and she is a frequent guest on television talk shows. Currently working on a novel featuring Isadora Wing—the heroine of Fear of Flying—as a woman of a certain age, Erica and her lawyer husband live in New York City and Connecticut. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, is also an author.

Erica Jong left a Ph.D. program at Columbia to write her ground-breaking novel Fear of Flying, published in 1973. Jong is the author of numerous award-winning books of poetry and novels including Fanny, How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, Any Woman’s Blues, and the forthcoming Sappho’s Leap. She is also the author of the memoir Fear of Fifty. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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