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Fear of Dying is a hilarious, heart wrenching, and beautifully told story about what happens when one woman steps reluctantly into the afternoon of life. Vanessa Wonderman is a gorgeous former actress in her 60's who finds herself balancing between her dying parents, her aging husband and her beloved, pregnant daughter. Although Vanessa considers herself "a happily married woman," the lack of sex in her life makes her feel as if she's losing something too valuable to ignore. So she places an ad for sex on a site called Zipless.com and the life she knew begins to unravel. With the help and counsel of her best friend, Isadora Wing, Vanessa navigates the phishers and pishers, and starts to question if what she's looking for might be close at hand after all.
Fear of Dying is a daring and delightful look at what it really takes to be human and female in the 21st century. Wildly funny and searingly honest, this is a book for everyone who has ever been shaken and changed by love.
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By Karen on 09-16-15
Unafraid in Middle Class America
I was committed to finishing this book because I loved Fear of Flying in my own years of sexual revolution. I kept waiting for some real redemption.. There were hints of it and the language was certainly poetic and compelling at times. on the whole I found it to be a tedious account of the entitlement of the very privileged who cannot see the preciousness of life and the inevitability of death that comes when needing to embrace the daily realities that accompany service to others as a way of being in this world..For us middle class working folk, healthy old age. gray hair, wrinkles and all, is itself a privilege..Many of us figured out decades ago that sex and love are not the same and never even got to India
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By Carol Crouse on 10-11-15
Don't read the first chapter
I absolutely hated the first chapter of this book. It is raw and unnecessarily rough. It almost scared me off. The final chapter, by contrast, was exhilarating! I think you will love the journey from the first to the last as much as I did. This book deals with sex over 60 and the death of aging parents and other loved ones. It's not for everyone but it certainly was for me.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful