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Like most of Jennifer Weiner's fiction, this book had a wonderful roll call of characters who seemed very believable, particularly in the way they relate to each other. Just like real life.
I've often felt indignant myself when footballers' or politicians' wives stand by an erring husband, but in the case of Sylvie I totally got it. What happens to her afterwards felt a little less believable. It was as if she was liberated from a life of tight clothes, dieting and supporting her husband's causes just to discover cooking and being a traditional stay-at-home mother to adult daughters who should have been standing on their own two feet.
I consumed it in big gulps because Weiner's writing pulls you in and you want to know what happens.
But the ending, which was a little sweet and sickly, left me with a few unanswered questions.
I have read a lot of Jennifer Weiner books - she has made me laugh and cry. This is not her best book. But its still pretty terrific. Its a story of families that go through tough times, fall apart, stand up again and come together. Sylvie starts of with a lot of promise in life, and ends up as a typical politician's wife. She makes her entire life about being there for him, including getting him breakfast from the buffet so he wont have to wait for his eggs (!!). After a cheating scandal, she chucks that life and retreats to Connecticut to rebuild her life. She learns to cook, starts dating and tries to reconnect with her two daughters - perfect Diana and the lost-her-way-somewhere Lizzie. Both daughters are struggling themselves. Diana is in an unhappy marriage, and Lizzie is trying to beat a painkiller addiction. How all three strong women fight their own battles and reconnect is really what the story is all about. Somehow Sylvie just doesnt shine like other Jennifer Weiner female protagonists. She seems a bit colorless. But the dynamics between all the female members kept me reading. And I did want to know if Lizzie would land on her feet. Happy to know she gets a happy ending.
The story is a bit more 'typical' than her others. It is not as heart-warming and touching as Cannie Shapiro books. Buts its a good read that kept me engaged.
After Weiner's last book, which was a total letdown, I was pretty skeptical of this one too. But I found this closer to the style I'm used to when it comes to her. Her characters were well written and I felt like I understood each woman, even if I didn't always like them. This isn't your standard, a woman scorned and turns bitter novel but instead, Weiner tells a really nice story of three women coming into their own. I did feel that the end of the book seemed a bit rushed seeing as Weiner takes quite awhile leading us through the lives of each character in order to show us their thoughts and growth process, but then summarizes how everything pans out. It didn't ring as true for me as it would have if she'd actually shown us instead of told us. The one thing I did miss was humor. The subject matter was a bit heavy and I may have found myself relating a little more if I could giggle at their sarcasm as I've been known to do with Weiner's past books. But a very solid read. Would recommend.
This was my first time reading a book by this author. I enjoyed the book very much. It's a light read, I bought it for traveling. She develops her characters well and you feel like you get to know each one. There's also some humor and sex to keep the story interesting. After all it is about an affair or two. It also has a nice way of ending the story. Maybe some of her other books are better according to other reviews, I will try those next. I do think she is a good writer. I also chose this book because Sylvie is close to my age & has daughters, that made it relevant to me. I gave it four stars because she does go back and forth between the characters & that makes it disjointed.
I love nothing more than cozying up to a Jennifer Weiner novel. It's the equivalent to a ladies night out without the hangover, and you don't have to get a babysitter. This was my second time reading this so I skimmed a little, but I did the job while I was nursing my son in the dark. If you've read her before you'll recognize the common threads- set on the east coast, something tragic but not all together awful happens, strong female leads, picking up the pieces and rebuilding oneself, etc. I especially enjoyed the Connecticut beach house that Sylvie flees to and fixes up, while also teaching herself how to cook with help of her bff. It actually made me want to start cooking more. Thanks Jennifer!
What happens to the families of disgraced politicians? This is fiction about one such family, a wife and two daughters. The wife has been 100% the Senator's wife, so she's out of an identity after decades. One daughter, the uptight striver, has followed her father into infidelity that must explode her life. The second daughter, the family screw-up addict, finds a way to turn her life around.
But the real kick in the pants is the grandmother at Thanksgiving dinner.
This is a very good read. Sometimes we must be broken to turn into real people.
Fly Away Home is a beautifully written story of women who rise to the challenge of accepting and changing unpleasant truths about themselves. It's about the difficulties both private and public of being a member of a Senator's family as news of his affair with a much younger woman hit the news. The book is told from the perspective of the different family members, Sylvie, the Senator's wife and each of his two daughters. They are complex and flawed characters and through them Weiner touches on some emotional but timeless topics such as drug addiction, unplanned pregnancy, infidelity and marriage. One thing I enjoyed about this story is that each of these women, although different, is very strong. It's heartwarming to witness their inter relationships grow as each looks inward, confronts her inner conflicts and becomes a shade more true to herself. Although the plot slowed in spots, my main complaint is that although I got to know the characters, neither they nor the story stayed with me for any length of time. In short, fans of Jennifer Weiner and those looking for a light airport or beach read will enjoy this book.