How to Save Your Own Life
by Erica Jong
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 4 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 1 Jun 2021
Three years after the events of Fear of Flying, we catch up with Isadora Wing.
With two marriages and a bestseller in her wake, Isadora finds herself in sunny California and the hedonistic Hollywood.
From grief and betrayal to jealousy and trust, Erica Jong explores the ways in which a marriage unravels. In the end, Isadora must learn to save herself.
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Praise for How to Save Your Own Life
‘Wickedly funny … This is an erotic lust story … enjoy, enjoy.’ — Wall Street Journal
‘A galloping good story… rollicking and bawdy, with a center of pure gold. Read it!’ — Cleveland Plain Dealer
‘shameless, sex-saturated, and a joy‘ — People Magazine
‘soaring, joyous, exhilarating, miraculous…breathlessly recommended‘ — Library Journal
‘the outrageous Isadora returns in triumph…so disarmingly honest you can’t stop reading‘ — Cosmopolitan
‘better than Fear of Flying…like people not only talking, but breathing‘ — Anthony Burgess
‘Isadora is no longer afraid of flying, but she has retained her wry humour, her brazen candour‘ — Los Angeles Times
‘Once again, women everywhere will identify…. Every bit as compelling and wit-filled as Jong’s first, Fear of Flying.’ — West Coast Review of Books
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Erica Jong vbrings us back to her life again in novel form.Affairs falling in love a mix of life only Erica Jong could imagine.Erica Jongs books never miss I’m pulled right into the story and read enjoy for hours,#netgalley#agorabooks
It's set and written in the 1970's. Isadora is a successful writer. She's married to Bennett but everything seems stale. Bennett is a psychiatrist and she feels he's constantly evaluating her. She spends a lot of her time on the book writing circuit. She writes about a character which shes unsure if she's turning into her or the character is turning into Isadora. She decides she needs to leave her husband but it's not that simple. The story is about her journey. She lives quite the hedonistic life. Although it's written in the 1970's it's not dated. She's lived quite a sedate life up until her turning point of leaving her husband. It was a fascinating read, well written
Erica Jong--like Isadora Wing, her fictional doppelganger--was rich and famous, brainy and beautiful, and soaring high with erotica and marijuana in 1977, the year this book was first published. Erica/Isadora are the perfect literary and libidinous guides for those readers who want to learn about-or just be reminded of-the sheer hedonistic innocence of the time. How to Save Your Own Life was praised by People for being "shameless, sex-saturated and a joy," and hailed by Anthony Burgess as one of the ninety-nine best novels published in English since 1939.
I've just finished How to Save Your Own Life, sever years after having read Fear of Flying. Reading it has been a massive throwback into Isadora's life, into the 70s, into edonism. It has felt a bit out of time reading it now, but extremely fascinating nonetheless. It's a catching read, fast paced and well written. Highly enjoyable! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
As her turbulent marriage begins to break down, Isadora and her famous novel are on the up as she navigates the trials and tribulations of Hollywood, forging new relationships in the hope of getting her work on the big screen. She’s riding the wave of her literary fame and is passionate about her writing, but behind the scenes she is unfulfilled by her marriage to straight-laced therapist Benedict and when she learns of a betrayal, it sets her own a wild path of sexual discovery and healing hedonism. This story was first published in the Seventies and although the sentiments are easily applicable to modern women, I really enjoyed the retro vibes, particularly Seventies Hollywood and a kind of old-school-glamourous New York. This is a follow-up to Fear of Flying and was my first read of Erica Jong, but the book reads well as a standalone. I sometimes worry when starting with a sequel, that maybe I won’t quite connect with the characters or will have missed some integral chain in the story. However Isadora is a very reflective person who not only constantly reviews her past but relates that to her present, and is quite vocal in expressing her thoughts and feelings. It’s this kind of self-discovery and self-awareness that does arm people with the knowledge and empowerment to change their circumstances for the better which was a powerful idea echoed throughout the book. The only slight negative I have is that it ended a little abruptly for me. I kind of felt that there was more to Isadora’s journey and more of a concrete conclusion to her relationship with Benedict but I know there is a third installment to Isadora’s legacy, Parachutes & Kisses which is set in the 80s so I would definitely be curious to see what is next in store for such a vivacious character. Written with flair and sass and featuring a somewhat eccentric yet believable cast, How to Save Your Own Life is a whirlwind of eroticism and drama exploring women, marriage and sexuality through the eyes of a passionate writer.