The story of a woman who meets a man on an airplane and, suddenly, is willing to risk everything: her safe but stale marriage, her seemingly perfect life in an affluent Southern suburb, and her position in the church. 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. In the end it will take an extraordinary leap of faith for Elyse to find–and follow–her own path to happiness.
I loved this book. It’s serious and funny as well, when it needs to be, it’s really hard to maintain this balance, but author Kim Wright did it very well. The characters are well developed, but I must mention here that most women won’t identify themselves with Elysee and her having an extra-marital affair , but we can recognize her and the other characters as well. It’s not always we have to identify them through our lives, we can be an outside observer…The girlfriends of Elysee, we all know such girlfriends or women with their own issues of marriage life..and every woman should have a girlfriend like Kelly, Elysee’s best friend.
Ms. Wright has brought all the characters together successfully and made it all work into a very contemporary story. This is not a contemporary chick-lit it’s a portrayal of unhappy wife and her taking chances and risking her friendship and trying to choose the right path – divorce or staying miserable in a marriage ????
I was impressed by Kim Wright’s first novel. I found this book enjoyable and very poignantly written.
KIM WRIGHT in her own words:
When people ask me if my novel is autobiographical I never know quite what to say. Love in Mid Air is based on my journals and yet Elyse, my main character, isn’t me.
I like to explain it this way – When I got divorced twelve years ago, two weird things happened. First of all, women started spontaneously telling me their bad marriage stories, even women who I thought were perfectly happy. If you get divorced in a small town, you’ve screwed up in a very public way. All of a sudden you become the person it’s okay to confess to and women were practically flagging me down in the supermarket, leaning over my cart and saying “You know, things aren’t that great at home….” I became the repository of a hundred women’s secrets, and the notes I kept from that period became the basis ofLove in Mid Air. The stories were altered, of course, a loose amalgamation of what was happening to me and my friends. For so long I had thought it was just me who was unhappy but now I was being shown the whole spectrum, the oceanic quality of female discontent. I walked around for a year saying ‘Wow, isn’t anybody happily married?”
The other thing I realized is that there were very few books that dealt with the subject of divorce in a realistic manner. Most of the books were about men leaving women, even thought it’s more statistically likely for a woman to initiate divorce, especially after the age of 40. And there was often some sort of quick fix – the deserted woman ended up falling in love with her attorney or some hunky handyman who showed up to help at her new house. I resented this whole idea that divorce is about swapping one man for another – ideally as fast as possible – with little exploration of the affect a woman’s divorce has on her friends and the whole social web. I knew that needed to make it into the story as well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
Love In Mid Air
Author: Kim Wright
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 29, 2010
Hardcover: 320 pages
Thanks to Miriam @ Hachett for this wonderful read.