Erica Jong novel published in 1974 by Rhinehart and Winston. It was about women's sexual values and desires. Initially the book received only a tepid response but after Henry Miller and John Updike reviewed Flying in The New Yorker and the New York Times, a media frenzyensued. Although Miller praised the novel's "cheerful, sexual frankness," other critics ripped it apart. They accused Jong of "falsifying reality" by suggesting women were helpless sexual victims and being anti-marriage.
In spite of the backlash the book made it to number one on the NYT Bestseller list and sold 15 million copies worldwide.