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Erica Jong's middle-aged dread

Erica Jong’s entertaining Fear of Dying focuses on the fearsome juggling act of being a daughter, parent and grandparent at 60

28 November 2015

9:00 AM

28 November 2015

9:00 AM

Fear of Dying Erica Jong

Canongate, pp.273, £16.99, ISBN: 9781782117438

Who’d get old? Bits fall off, your loved ones start dropping like flies and, perhaps worst of all, the only afternoon delight you’re up to is a cup of tea and a soporific radio play. Wealthy New Yorker Vanessa Wonderman, Erica Jong’s 60-year-old narrator, isn’t there yet, but she can see it coming down Fifth Avenue with its headlights on.

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