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About the Author
- ASIN : B003L786QO
- Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint edition (June 28, 2010)
- Publication date : June 28, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 3486 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 420 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,916 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Now decades later, Sylvie has remade herself into the ideal politician's wife. Her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband: the senator.
All of their hopes and dreams come crashing down one day when Richard is spotlighted on the news about his extramarital affair with a young woman, his former assistant, for whom he'd obtained a prestigious job at an illustrious law firm.
Suddenly Sylvie and her two daughters, Diana and Lizzie, are drawn into the eye of the hurricane with the philandering husband.
What they each do next makes the story. We follow Sylvie's journey as she tries to figure out what she wants and what will happen next. Her travels take her to a small beach town in Connecticut, to an old family house. There she tries to find herself again--that person she was before she became the woman who took care of Richard Woodruff's needs and ignored her own.
In Philadelphia, daughter Diana is married with a six-year-old child. She's a doctor and on the surface appears to have it all. But underneath, she is increasingly unhappy with her life, her marriage, and the empty places inside. Which makes her ripe for an illicit affair.
Then there's Lizzie, who considers herself the family screw-up. A recovering addict, she struggles daily to stay clean and sober and to find something worthwhile of her own to do with her life.
During the summer following the disgrace, Lizzie moves in with Diana, to help with her nephew Milo and to figure out what she wants to do. She always carries a camera around her neck--some say her penchant for snapping photos is her way of distancing herself from life.
Each of these characters is revealed in alternating chapters that dig a little bit more with each page, until we come to feel as though we know them. Their thoughts, their feelings, and their motivations.
When Sylvie invites her daughters to join her in Connecticut, the timing couldn't be better. Diana and Lizzie have each reached turning points in their lives and need a respite of their own. As they all come together, they gradually begin to find refuge in one another.
I loved Fly Away Home: A Novel , a story of scandal, pain, and the after-effects of tragic events...until the very end, I couldn't be sure what each of the women would decide to do. Each had choices to make and changes to create. Like real life individuals, nothing was simple or predictable, but implicit in the ending moments was the promise or hint that maybe things could work out in some way for each of them; that no matter what they decided, they would all be okay.
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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.