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Parachutes & Kisses Paperback – August 3, 2006
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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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Now we discover she is much more settled but still faces over reaching conflicts of finding companionship, love, and a satisfying sex life.
Set in the eighties, what Isadora discovers is that the world has changed a bit since her hard charging single sixties and seventies and at this stage of her life she plunges back in.
What you will find is her ventures with boy toys, mature lovers, and delving back to flicker romance from her long so long ago youth.
What makes Jong's writings so enjoyable to me are that as the reader you are able to experience the world through the lenses of a woman. Not saying that men are more logical or right, buy we thing differently.
What we observe as erratic woman behavior is simply just a different means in operating and living in our face paced world.
In the end you root for Isadora that she may find the love, happiness, and sexual satisfaction that she desperately seeks.
Distraught and lost, Isadora journeys through another divorce, tax problems, single motherhood, and endless nannies looking for her demon lover. Parachutes and Kisses chronicles more exploration of self with regard to the love she feels for her third husband and the obvious pain of divorce, especially when there is a child involved.
This is another great book from Erica Jong about finder yourself and the inner strength that knowing who you are and what you're capable of brings. If you read Erica Jongs' book: Seducing the Demon Writing for My Life, which is somewhat of a short memoir, you might recognize some of the characters in Parachutes and Kisses.
A wonderful book!