Conversation: No Fear of Family

Erica's daughter Molly Jong-Fast depicts an almost famous childhood

No one knows how to shock a reader with sexual frankness and kinky family drama like author Erica Jong. Her spicy debut novel, Fear of Flying, became an international sensation 30 years ago, flying out of bookstores; 18 million copies are in print worldwide. Now her daughter (by her ex-husband, writer Jonathan Fast) is giving her a run for her money. In The Sex Doctors in the Basement: True Stories from a Semi-Celebrity Childhood (Villard; 192 pages), novelist Molly Jong-Fast, 26, tells of growing up Jong and Fast. TIME sat down for a chat with mother and daughter.

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