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Fly Away Home: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

Fly Away Home: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner

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  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Found on a book exchange shelf where I was leaving a BookCrossing book. I used this as a little light reading to refresh my palate after a slew of fantasy novels. Well written, felt relatively real, especially Sylvie's life/reactions. The girls each went to extremes at times, but not beyond the bounds of belief. ( )
  bookczuk | May 9, 2016 |
Another enjoyable read by Jennifer Weiner.

This is chick lit with an edge, meaning, it is not a light and fluffy book, but its bout 3 women, mother and 2 daughters, who all 3 encounter big problems in life. We see how they cope with it.
Maybe not her best book but I did enjoy it. Nice summer read. ( )
  Marlene-NL | Mar 12, 2016 |
I enjoyed this Jennifer Weiner book more than the last of hers that I read. Although my life has been very different from Sylvie's, I could relate to her and to her feelings of loss and grief and anger. After finding out that her Senator husband has had an affair which was made very public, Sylvie moves to the family beach house. It is there that she rediscovers who she is and what is important to her. The story is not only about Sylvie, but also about Sylvie's two troubled daughters - Lizzie who considers herself the "family disappointment" and Diana who has always felt the pressure of being the family's "golden girl". I was quickly captured by the story and the characters. There are definitely days I wish that I had the freedom to move to a small town, rediscover myself, and make the changes that Sylvie was able to make. I may not have made the same decision that she made in the end, but I can respect her for choice. ( )
  MelAnnC | Feb 28, 2016 |

I almost put the book down after the first two pages, because there was too much description and not enough story...I guess we were just being filled in on Sylvie's life YAWN!!!! But once I got past all the description I stayed up until 2:00 am this morning to finish the book....I just had to find out what happened.

There were many parts that I skimmed over, due to all the effluvia and I didn't want to waste my time being bored for fear I'd drop the book and not go back to it. I thought the ending to be rather weak.....


Sylvie is the daughter of a very powerful/famous female judge as well as a Senator's wife.....a Senator who has just been caught in a sex scandal....

Sylvie's eldest daughter Diana (the achiever) is an ER Doctor and very unhappy with things at home and she too is having an affair with a young intern....until the young man sees her on the street with her husband & son (he knew she was married but did not know she was a mother).....

Sylvie's youngest daughter Lizzie (the problem) has just come back from Minnesota after being in re-hab....she has been living with Diana taking care of Diana's young son, Milo. Lizzie has just met a very nice man and has unknowingly become pregnant.....

Life unravels for everyone, one by one all three women end up in the family's Connecticut beach home trying to come to terms with their lives......Sylvie learns to cook & connects with a childhood friend and all seems to be going well.... and then comes Thanksgiving......

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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Weiner's trademark blend of wit and sensitivity distinguishes this timely tale about a family in crisis.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743294270, Hardcover)

Sometimes all you can do is fly away home . . .

When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife—her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.

Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect home—and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.

After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.

Written with an irresistible blend of heartbreak and hilarity, Fly Away Home is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who after a lifetime of distance finally learn to find refuge in one another.

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A politician's wife retreats with her grown daughters to a Connecticut beach house after a painful public betrayal, an escape marked by new beginnings and her younger daughter's pregnancy.

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