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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446540439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446540438
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,181,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Wright hits it out of the park in her debut, an engaging account of a woman contemplating divorce. Despite finally getting her husband, Phil, to attend counseling sessions with her, Elyse Bearden realizes her marriage is dead in the water. Though Phil's a doting father and a decent man, he's also the occasional jerk who snickers at his wife in lingerie and is generally indifferent to her. Elyse already knows she's going to leave her husband when she meets Gerry Kincaid and soon begins an affair that allows her to escape from the crushing banality of her suburban life. Serving as Elyse's foil is her beautiful best friend, Kelly, now married to an older, wealthy man. While the idea of housewives complaining about their husbands over lunch may strike some as a conventional hen-lit trope, Wright conveys friendships and the blasé everyday with authenticity and telling detail, while passages depicting Elyse's inner life are rife with the same wit and insight that infuse the dialogue. Though this story is one that readers may have seen many times before, Wright delivers fresh perspective and sympathetic characters few writers can match. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

Contentedly married Elyse is returning to her pleasant home in North Carolina on a flight from Phoenix when she meets Boston businessman Gerry. They start to talk, exchange numbers, and suddenly Elyse finds herself undergoing a sea change. In no time, she’s engaged in a dangerous affair with Gerry, jetting off to various cities, receiving mysterious packages, and taking secretive phone calls, risking her marriage, her idyllic life as a housewife in suburbia, and the position she holds at her local church. Elyse’s longtime friend Kelly is perplexed and concerned as Elyse spirals deeper into the affair with the stranger. As Elyse questions what she wants out of life, she must weigh the risk of what will happen if, or when, her husband finds out about Gerry. An intense, thoughtful novel about love and friendship, or the lack thereof, in a marriage. --Hilary Hatton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elyse was a very vivid character and her story was quite authentic.
Miss Bonnie
At many times, it seemed she didn't feel guilty about her adulterous way, which may not be "right" but made her seem that much more real.
Samantha J
For the more conservative readers, this book may be a bit too much to handle.
Lori Johnston

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amy Grigg on March 28, 2010
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Really, how could it be possible to tell the story of bored housewives with troubled marriages in a new way? Kim Wright astonishes with honesty and wit. She says so many things that we've all thought and could never find the words to express. A stirring read that will keep you talking and ruminating for days. Bravo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Ferrier on January 14, 2011
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I ordered the book to read with some friends thinking it was about marriage. I later realized it was about a woman who has an affair. I hesitated because I have worked long and hard to have a good marriage and didn't think I needed to be sitting around complaining about my husband and marriage.

It turned out to be great therapy and a push to take my marriage to the next level. The discussions we had around this book and the issues it raises only strengthened my convictions about marriage and what it takes to make it work.
Elyse and her friends struggle to find out who they really are. Did they marry for love or to find a "life" that they wanted?

"What would happen if a woman was completely herself within a marriage?"

That is an excellent question and one that requires that she actually KNOWS exactly who she is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liz Fenton on May 16, 2010
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Marriage is complicated. And Kim Wright writes about it beautifully in her debut novel LOVE IN MID AIR. Elyse Bearden's marriage is already in trouble when she meets a handsome stranger on her flight home from Arizona. Her husband, a doting father to their young daughter but inattentive husband, has been communicating with her via post-it not for far too long and seems content with having sex in the kiss-less "X" position once a week. So it's not surprising when she starts a torrid affair with the man she met in row 29 to try to recapture the excitement she feels is sorely missing from her marriage and her life in general.

As some of her closest friends begin to realize that their seemingly harmless weekly banter about unhappy marriages has gone to a whole new level for Elyse, it stirs up emotions in each one of them that they'd rather not deal with. Because it's one thing to be unhappy, but it's a whole other thing to actually do something about it. Wright does a beautiful job questioning whether a marriage can only be successful if both parties embrace mediocrity and asks what truly defines happiness-and do parents even have a right to try to find it?

While the premise of LOVE IN MID AIR may sound familiar, what makes it so compelling is Wright's subtle yet intense writing, which may make the reader both uncomfortable and intrigued at the same time. Wright navigates Elyse's everyday life and relationships with her church book club with such authenticity that you'll be thinking about these characters long after you've finished. A must read for any wife or mother, Wright's genius commentary is not to be missed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura Keyes on August 6, 2011
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I was given this novel as a gift by a writer. I was unsure about it because I don't read chick lit, and the cover gave the impression that it might be exactly that, woman on swing, the type font, etc. But what an astonishing book!! This is a book worth talking about. The main character, Elyse, is a complex protagonist, and the story is compelling, fast-paced, I read it in two days. The writing is crafted, literary, the relationships have levels of conflict, and depth. I highly recommend it. It would be a good choice for book clubs, because Elyse and her world-view will make some readers unsettled. There is a great deal to discuss here. And judging from several of the previous reviews on this page, it seems like her story, in some instances, might strike a little too close to home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DM on July 25, 2011
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As soon as I finished this book, I searched to see if the author had written other novels, because I wanted to read everything she'd written. Unfortunately, this is her first novel, but I'm sure it won't be her last.

Love in Mid-Air is more of an analysis of the demise of a marriage than about anything else. The prose reads like poetry at times (for example, the scene on the church steps) and is so thought-provoking, I couldn't get my mind off this book for days afterwards.

Kim Wright excels at showing and not telling her readers about the characters, and presents a thought-provoking glimpse into relationships. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on June 16, 2011
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Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright was one of those novels I describe to myself and others as addictive. It's about a woman, Elyse, who is unhappy in her marriage and while on a plane trip home, meets a man that she finds herself extremely attracted to. She goes back and forth with herself on whether to pursue this interest even though she has a husband and daughter at home. Now I do have to say I don't condone affairs yet this book and the character of Elyse are so much more than a woman just deciding to have an affair.

Elyse is approaching 40 and has been married for nine years. The problem is she made a mistake in marrying Phil and while she's tried over the years to make it work, especially for their seven year old daughter Tory, she knows she's fighting a losing battle. When Elyse met Phil she knew he wasn't the normal type of man she went for but at the same time thought that because he wasn't, their relationship might just work. He's a good man, he's provided her with a very comfortable lifestyle yet something has always been missing from this seemingly perfect world that really is more broken than perfect.

At first things seem ok but as time wears on and Elyse gets older she realizes just how unhappy she is. Her chance meeting on the plane with Gerry is just the clincher in something she already knew - that her marriage was over and nothing was going to change that. Elyse jumps into an affair with Gerry - it's exciting, it's different, and it's fulfilling her in a way her marriage never did. She has no romantic notions about Gerry; she knows that he isn't going to leave his wife for her. Yet that doesn't seem to bother her; she shares all her thoughts and feelings with Gerry - in some ways I think this was healing for her as strange as that sounds.
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