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Jennifer Weiner
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Book Description

23 Jun 2011
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 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 senator husband. Lizzie, the Woodruffs' youngest daughter, is a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, at twenty-four, trouble always seems to find her. 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. When Richard's extra-marital 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 their lives, who they are and who they are meant to be.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847390250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847390257
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Jennifer Weiner is a class act. She writes with confidence and style, and Fly Away Home is a warm-hearted, bittersweet treat' --Lisa Jewell

"Unflappably fun... Hilarious... In Jennifer Weiner's luscious new novel, Fly Away Home, a political wife's predicament is the catalyst for a highly entertaining story... The message is choosing to live an authentic life. As always, Weiner gives us a woman who stands taller, curvier, and happier when she does just that." --USA Today

'Witty, moving, stupendously well written and deeply perceptive.' --Jill Mansell

'Like Helen Fielding, Weiner balances romantic formula with fresh humour, deft characterizations and literary sensibility.' --Guardian

'Witty, compelling and utterly unforgettable' --Heat

'Jennifer Weiner is a class act. She writes with confidence and style, and Fly Away Home is a warm-hearted, bittersweet treat' --Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of Ralph's Party and 31 Dream Street

'Summer reading at its best: entertaining and full of insight into relationships and how they change.' --People --People

'Unflappably fun... Hilarious... In Jennifer Weiner's luscious new novel, Fly Away Home, a political wife's predicament is the catalyst for a highly entertaining story... The message is choosing to live an authentic life. As always, Weiner gives us a woman who stands taller, curvier, and happier when she does just that.' --USA Today

'She writes the best page-turners around.' --Elle

'Witty and irreverent... A compelling beach read..." --The Washington Post' --"Witty and irreverent... A compelling beach read..." --The Washington Post

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the international number one bestselling author of eight novels, including Best Friends Forever, Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major film starring Toni Colette and Cameron Diaz, Certain Girls and Fly Away Home. Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferweiner.com

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, lazy and anodyne 9 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
Conspicuously lacking in the poetry, anger and independence that powered her first novel, Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner's eighth book treads well-travelled territory for those familiar with her work. I've read them all. I can't stop myself. Even though it's like hanging out for drinks with one of your friends who's only talked about recipes and house prices since they had kids, some misguided loyalty keeps me hanging on. At least it wasn't a hardback.

Fly Away Home (awful TV-movie title) is well written and chugs along at a reasonable pace considering that not much happens, but seems very much like a rehash of her usual themes- pregnancy, infidelity, unreliable and uninspiring menfolk, and lots of delicious-sounding food to pad out the narrative and soften the blows of her female characters' unsatisfactory lives (don't read this book if you're hungry. Or easily bored).

Under all the detailed descriptions of dinner and recycled wisecracks that land with all the punch of a pillow, the picture she paints of her character's futures- and their men- is bleak and un-special, calling for endless compromises while not really seeming to be worth sacrificing anything for.

The end of 'Good in Bed' hints at some kind of transcendence and shows us a woman capable of saving herself, but the follow-up 'Certain Girls,' and everything else Weiner's written since then just makes me feel like women don't really have that much to look forward to, apart from dessert. There have to be better messages than this. I just hope my self-control kicks in before she busts out book nine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this one 6 Sep 2011
By Dot
Format:Paperback
I thought this book looked great when it arrived but I have to say that I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I have taken my time reading it, not because I was bored or uninterested but instead because I didn't want it to end.
Sylvie Serfer is the perfect senator's wife to her husband Richard. She makes sure that she looks pristine, says the right things and never puts a foot wrong. Which is why it comes as such a shock when she learns that Richard has been having an affair. It's hard enough for any woman in that situation but Sylvie has to endure her private life being played out on national TV for everyone and anyone to pass comment on.
Sylvie decides to get away from it all and heads to the family's house in Connecticut. Here she doesn't have to worry about putting on a few pounds or dying her hair but how long can she shut the real world away for?
Out in the real world are Sylvie and Richard's daughters, Diana and Lizzie who couldn't be more different from each other. Diana is an ER doctor, juggling a stressful career with a husband she no longer loves and a young son that she dotes upon. When one of the interns catches her eye, she can't believe hoe reckless she can be, is her marriage really that bad that she would risk losing it all?
Lizzie is the baby of the family at twenty four, she is a recovering addict who is trying to prove herself to everyone, especially her own family. Lizzie has had her addiction under control for a while but will she survive the latest family drama?
Sylvie is trying to protect her daughters from the humiliation that Richard has caused. But when they come to stay with her in Connecticut, she realises that she may have spent too much time being the perfect wife and not enough time understanding what her daughters were going through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant characters but it's not a great ending 15 Aug 2011
By Gaily H
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Author 10 Oct 2013
By Clover
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Haven't read this book yet but have read In Her Shoes and it was brill, hence why I've bought this book!

Keeping it, if possible, until I go on holiday!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best but still enjoyable 7 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Jennifer Weiner creates her magic again, with Fly Away Home, another chick lit novel you just want to dive straight into. Fly Away home is poignant without sending you into a downward spiral of depression and blends Jennifer's wit with her sensitivity to create a timeless novel.

Fly Away home centre's around the story of Sylvie a politician's wife involved in a scandal and her two daughter's; Diana and Lizzie. What's the scandal Sylvie's involved in? Well her husband, Richard, has been caught by the press having an extramarital affair with a lawyer young enough to be his daughter. Sylvie is devastated, after all she thought that her marriage was pretty perfect. Sylvie had reinvented herself since meeting Richard, in order to be the ideal politician's wife. Her main jobs being that she stays twenty pounds less than she was in her twenties, has a wardrobe full of tailored suits and she tends to her husbands every need. After the shock of the affair will Sylvie stand by her husband or will she choose a different path? After all there are Sylvie's two daughters; Lizzie and Diana, to think about. The scandal has affected both of them in different ways. Lizzie, is a recovering addict trying desperatly to keep her life under control. Will the scandal send her spiralling back down the path to drugs? Diana appears to have everything that Lizzie does'nt. As an ER nurse, with a husband and son (in that order) she seems to have everything she ever wanted. Except her marriage is a loveless one and she's looking for more. Could that more come in the form of an intern doctor? The scandal forces all three women to re-evaluate their lives and discover what they all really want.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
I liked this one. Good storyline, something different than what i'm used too. will be looking out for more of her books.
Published 19 months ago by chocoloulou33
1.0 out of 5 stars what was it all about
I actually gave up reading this halfway through as I didn't connect or care about the main characters, luckily I get my books from the library
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by readalot
3.0 out of 5 stars Fly Away with Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner creates her magic again, with Fly Away Home, another chick lit novel you just want to dive straight into. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Georgina Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Jennifer Weiner
There isn't one of Jennifer Weiner's books I haven't enjoyed, and this one was well up to standard. It examines several themes (media hype, infidelity, identity) from different... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by J. M. Rhys Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish!
This is my first review and I was inspired to write as I really hated this book. I did not like the characters from the start and I felt that they were shallow people. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Freda Livery
5.0 out of 5 stars On Eagle's Wings
Sylvie Serfer Woodruff, wife of Senator Richard Woodruff has spent her entire marriage supporting her husband, even at the expense of their daughters, Lizzie, 24 and Diana, 30. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by BeatleBangs1964
4.0 out of 5 stars Fly Away Home
This book is the second I have read by Jennifer Weiner and I also found this very slow going to start but once I got into it I could not put it down - even read it al in one... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by Karen Gooderham
4.0 out of 5 stars Home is where the heart is?
I'll admit to finding Jennifer Weiner's books a bit hit and miss, with my personal favourite to-date being 'In Her Shoes'. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by J. Leeuwerke
3.0 out of 5 stars A so-so read!
I must admit, when I first starting reading Fly Away Home I thought I'd made a grave mistake. It was slow-going and I wasn't entirely sure I was on board with Sylvie, who is the... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Leah Graham
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