Love in Mid Air
By Kim Wright
(Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9780446540445, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 10, 2010
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A chance encounter with a stranger on an airplane sends Elyse Bearden into an emotional tailspin. Suddenly Elyse is willing to risk everything: her safe but stale marriage, her seemingly perfect life in an affluent Southern suburb, and her position in the community. She finds herself cutting through all the instincts that say "no" and instead lets "yes" happen. As Elyse embarks on a risky affair, her longtime friend Kelly and the other women in their book club begin to question their own decisions about love, sex, marriage, and freedom. There are consequences for Elyse, her family, and her circle of close friends, all of whom have an investment in her life continuing as normal. But is normal what she really wants after all? In the end it will take an extraordinary leap of faith for Elyse to find--and follow--her own path to happiness. An intelligent, sexy, absorbing tale and an honest look at modern-day marriage, Love in Mid Air offers the experience of what it's like to change the course of one's own destiny when finding oneself caught in mid air.
Kim Wright has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for many magazines including Wine Spectator, Self, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue, and has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. She is the food and wine editor for Charlotte Taste. She has written the annual Fodor's Walt Disney World with Kids for 18 years and also writes erotica. This is her first novel. Kim lives in Charlotte, NC.
"From the first line I was drawn in to Wright's marvelous novel. This is a spare, intense, honest and sexy book, simmering with love, powered by the will of one woman who, despite the odds, demands that she choose her destiny."
"Funny, sexy, heartbreaking, wise. Love in Mid Air is the kind of novel you will stay up late for. I read the first page and was hooked, I couldn't put it down. It is not simply the story of a divorce, the story of an affair, the story of one woman caught between two men; it is a delicate exploration of the pull that almost every woman will feel at some point in her life for the unhindered freedom of 'something more.'"
"Kim Wright's brilliant first novel is not only funny and wise, but also illuminating in surprising and fresh ways, as she shines an unforgiving and yet deceptively generous light on modern day marriage and takes us to places in it that we have never seen before. This is a wonderful read, from first page to last, for anyone who has ever been married or has ever comtemplated it."
"Love in Mid Air is a breath of fresh air for readers. It's a candid, often painfully funny look at modern love and friendship, with some surprising twists and turns along the way. A book to savor--and then share with your best friend."
"Sharply written and emotionally accessible, Wright's debut offers a clear-eyed taste of hope without letting anyone, especially Elyse, off the hook. A modern take on adultery that does not shy away from the costs--and benefits--of a post-marriage life."