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Love in Mid Air - Kim Wright

Love in Mid Air

Author: Kim Wright
Book title: Love in Mid Air
ISBN: 0446540447
ISBN13: 978-0446540445
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (March 29, 2010)
Language: English
Category: Women's Fiction
Rating: 4.3/5
Votes: 555
Pages: 320 pages
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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.
Reviews: (7)
I ordered the book to read with some friends thinking it was about marriage. I later realized it was about a woman who has an affair. I hesitated because I have worked long and hard to have a good marriage and didn't think I needed to be sitting around complaining about my husband and marriage.

It turned out to be great therapy and a push to take my marriage to the next level. The discussions we had around this book and the issues it raises only strengthened my convictions about marriage and what it takes to make it work.
Elyse and her friends struggle to find out who they really are. Did they marry for love or to find a "life" that they wanted?

"What would happen if a woman was completely herself within a marriage?"

That is an excellent question and one that requires that she actually KNOWS exactly who she is.
I really like this writer who I just discovered and this book kept my attention from beginning to end. Stories of people's lives intrigue me. This is a great story and something you can relate to in a realistic way unless you live on a cloud or in paradise somewhere.
I loved this book. It's a poignant portrayal of middle-class suburban marriages narrated in a voice I found relatable and compelling. Reminiscent of The Women's Room, this book makes one wonder about how little has changed in women's lives throughout the decades. I'd recommend it for a Women's Studies class.
Got bored. Slow read.
It takes guts to write an unsympathetic character as Wright does with Elyse in Love in Mid Air - guts born out of brutal honesty about how women, especially southern women, really think and feel. I was swept up into the struggles Elyse and her friends face in their everyday lives and identified heavily with Elyse's marital angst. People often outgrow each other and Wright does not shy away from the disappointments of an indifferent spouse.

Throughout her journey into her own, we see Elyse's resolve to find love and happiness again. She has a breakthrough in her work as an artist, which although professionally validating, does not quell her longing to feel desire and emotional connection. Wright places Elyse on a forbidden path, but if we are honest with ourselves, it is a path with appeal in light of her circumstances. Her actions are validated by her attempts to do the right thing that go unnoticed. Although Elyse does things in the wrong order from society's conventions, it is her survival, her humanness that is at stake.

I smiled and laughed at loud, recognizing myself and my friends in Elyse and her circle of girlfriends Wright portrays (who hasn't made the Target run Wright describes?). They could be anyone's friends, but their quirks and experiences add richness and contrast to Elyse. I felt Elyse's solidarity but also recognized her uniqueness that sets her apart from her friends at times.

Although Love in Mid Air is written from a woman's point of view, I think men would benefit from reading this novel. Face it - women are often mysterious creatures to men. In Love in Mid Air, Wright pulls back the curtain and allows readers an inside view of the feminine mind.

I also found the many metaphors intriguing, especially the handcuffs and the key. There is a running question as to who has the key, which to me represents who is or isn't in her life. Very clever!

The ending left me reeling and wanting more. The last chapter could almost be the first chapter of a sequel novel. I certainly hope so!
Yeah, I was timid about reading this book. Seemed too close and personal. But I consider myself a student of marriage. I pay a lot of attention to mine and I really like learning about that of others. So, finally, I thought I should just dive in and read this book. And with that, I ended up bringing several friends along and we read it together. By reading it together, we shared so many stories, which I think is what is so incredible about this book. This book will open your mind, it will make you talk, it will make you think. Bigger. About marriage. You must read this book.
I read because I paid for it. Terrible book. I never leave bad reviews.
Reading this book it like a run away train. It's fundamentally wrong I keep telling myself but I keep reading it.
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