I am pleased to welcome Kim Wright, author of Love in Mid Air, who has graciously written a guest post to share with us today. I'll be sharing a review tomorrow of Kim's novel, Love In Mid Air, as part of a Hachette blog tour. Today, Kim will be talking with us about...
The connection Love in Mid Air has to women's book clubs:
One of the reasons I wrote "Love in Mid Air" is because of my own experiences in a community book club.
When I got divorced twelve years ago, I realized 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. Not terribly realistic - and besides, 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. It was my job to pick the books for the fall series and I wanted to include at least one book about divorce; since I couldn't find one that struck me as emotionally resonant, I decided to write one myself.
One of the reasons that "Love in Mid Air" has proven popular with book clubs - I'm already lined up to meet with twelve of them, some virtually and some in person - is because there's a book club in the book. So you have a circle of women in real life talking about a circle of women in the book who are talking about women in another book. Which is kind of fun for readers, I hope, and also gives the readers a lot of women's points of view to pick from. If you think Elyse is selfish, you might prefer Kelly. As for the other women - Nancy, Belinda, and Lynn - I tried to give each of them her own personality and her own perspective on marriage, love, and men. So even though the book is first person, we're not really just seeing everything through the eyes of Elyse. There are four more points of view that are also represented.
Wonderful guest post Kim! I enjoy reading books about women and book clubs. They seem to reflect true relationships and experiences with the added bonus of reading about a book club. Love in Mid Air definitely hits on some major issues that effect women's lives and some of the dynamics of a book club. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today!
About Love In Mid Air from Hachette website:
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.
About the Author Kim Wright from Hachette website:
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.
Make sure to stop back tomorrow (Monday, March 29th) to read my review of Love in Mid Air!