Books That Made a Difference to Jennifer Weiner

The author of The Next Best Thing relishes books by smart women who celebrate unlikely heroines
Fear of Flying
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Fear of Flying

480 pages; NAL Trade
"The voice of this book was the thing I liked best: It was frank and funny and sexy." Weiner remembers taking the once-scandalous 1973 novel about a woman's extramarital sexual escapades off her mother's shelf. "You grow up on all these fairy tales that end with the marriage—'and they lived happily ever after'—and you really don't get a lot of information about what happens after. Fear of Flying was a revelation in terms of pulling the veil off a little bit."
— As told to Sara Nelson