Fly Away Home

Fly Away Home

A Novel

Book - 2010 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743294270
Branch Call Number: F WEI
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 24 cm


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Feb 24, 2020

I enjoyed the book.....was a little unhappy with the ending. But others might like the ending. I think depends on your own (or friends/relatives) experiences the reader has had. The story was good, though sometimes I thought really long passages could have been cut down a little. Jennifer Weiner (sp?) is a favorite author of mine.

Nov 23, 2019

Sylvie has done everything she can to support her Senator husband, Richard. She even feels she slightly neglected her daughters, Diana and Lizzy. When Richard's extra-marital affair makes headlines, Sylvie is forced to look at her life and what she wants to do moving forward. She returns to a childhood vacation home and begins rebuilding her life. She learns to cook and even gains a few pounds but that is okay. Diana and Lizzy have their own secrets that they have been keeping from the family. When things go belly up for them, they also return to the summer home. Secrets come out and life goes on. This was the first book that I put into Goodreads when I joined in 2014 and so glad I finally read it. Really makes you exam your life and whether you are living it as best you can along with being happy.

Sep 17, 2017

A fairly predictable read about a mother and her two daughters who find their lives are not all they thought or want them to be.

Apr 07, 2017

If you are looking for a quick easy read book to entertain while travelling or on vacation, this one might work. It is a book about a wife who molded herself into everything her husband, the senator, needed, only to discover he had an affair. She is rocked to her core and escapes to her childhood summer home to ponder her future. Sharing this pondering time is her successful doctor daughter who realizes she has built her whole life as she thought she wanted it but now finds it all hollow. Not to be left behind is the younger daughter who, of course, is not successful. She needs to sort out her aimless druggie life and hopes that coming home is the key. Yes, very much a formula, but still an interesting page-turner.

Jul 09, 2014

Easy, light summer read

May 04, 2014


Dec 20, 2011

This book is pretty slow, and honestly, it's a little boring. Despite many interesting events occurring, I never felt very connected or captivated by the characters and plot. It didn't live up to its potential. I'd skip it.

Oct 29, 2011

I didn't like it. This book was boring and the characters weren't engaging at all. I struggled to complete this book and when it ended, I was relieved, and disappointed.

Aug 04, 2011

It took me a bit to get into this one, but I am glad that I stuck it out. I love Jennifer Weiner and this was a great book.

Jun 25, 2011

didn't finish

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