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Fly Away Home: A Novel Hardcover – July 13, 2010
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Meet the women of Fly Away Home:
Sylvie: Wife of Senator Richard Woodruff. Sylvie has spent her life in her husbands service, helping him, guiding him and focusing on him. After his affair is brought into the open, Sylvie must re-evaluate who she is and who she wants to be. She must make the biggest decision of all. Will she be able to trust and forgive?
Diana: The eldest daughter of Sylvie and Richard Woodruff. After watching her parents marriage, Diana has a very clear path for her life and how she wants it to be. While everything makes sense on paper, Diana forgets about the heart and love. When she is reminded her world is turned upside down and she must choose to love or not to love? Will she be happy?
Lizzie: (Elizabeth) The youngest daughter of the Woodruff's and the family screw-up. Returning from rehab, Lizzie is determined to be better, to make something of herself, and to stay clean. It seems the world doesn't want to make this easier for her, and her family isn't in the best state to help. Will she be able to overcome of one the hardest parts of her life? Will she learn from the rehab and will she survive the shock and surprises she will encounter along the way?
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Nothing happens. And at the same time, everything seems sadly predictable. Reading this is like eating cotton candy -- pretty promises but empty.
Maybe the point is that these scandals are commonplace now and the story is "no story." Because really, now that I'm done, I feel so let down and like I wasted time.
Sylvie continues to go through the motions the entire book. No wonder her husband sought somebody else. She's on autopilot and things don't seem to change. First she takes a swing at her philandering spouse. Then she says she'll be on t.v. She didn't even have a conversation (argument, conflict, upset) about the whole "stand by your man" bit -- in fact her man didn't even ask her to stand by him. Next she's hiding (in Connecticut?? ) and grocery shopping as therapy? She learns to cook overnight, a sensation on her first try. And that's the extent of her growth?
Some of this is rehashed headlines with bits and pieces of Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, and an after school special on what not to do when your kid is addicted (I can't believe her father asked her to make him a drink). Every daughter plot point was telegraphed in advance. I knew exactly what was going to happen (and it did). But I won't say what -- no spoilers (well, not much) on my watch.
So, yeah. This could be a beach read. Just don't get your hopes up. I'm still searching for the book of the summer.
The characters weren't easy to care about, either. For instance, I wanted to like the character of Lizzie, but she was too nonchalant about Jeff and about her pregnancy. I wanted to like Diana, but there were few and far between moments in the book where I could tell that she actually cared about her son. It seems like we were just told towards the end how much she loves him, but throughout the book the majority of her scenes she is not around him nor thinking of him. Maybe if there were more past scenes showing the characters' history, they would've been better developed and more likeable. And I won't even go in to Sylvie, who has a change of heart toward the end that seemingly came out of nowhere.
Finally, the book had its funny moments, but was not nearly as funny as her past efforts. Despite the criticisms above, I will continue to read Jennifer Weiner, books like In Her Shoes and Little Earthquakes were funny, fun, and hard to put down.
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I was looking for a beachy read on my Kindle, and found this. Read about 20 % of it (no page numbers), and thought it was awfully familiar--another novel about a philandering... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Lexicron
This is a great book. I felt connected to each character, and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Read morePublished 1 month ago by danielle moss
Like the other novels by this author, at first it was interesting, but about half way through I lost interest. She's a good writer though. Read morePublished 2 months ago by W. Wright
Can't read her books anymore. The writing is okay, but there's never any resolution and I don't like a story that isn't resolved.Published 2 months ago by Linda S
Was really looking forward to a start over female role. She wimped out in the end. Glad her daughter were stronger than she was.Published 2 months ago by STL via VT
What I liked: Interesting characters and premise, alternating voices
What I didn't: Goes on too long in scenes, predictable in places, open ending which let me down
Was... Read more
Reminded me of some of the less accomplished stories written by students in creative writing course I took a few months ago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reader from San Jose
I did not find this book thought provoking. The sophomoric book is an easy read and fairly mindless, but that's not what I wanted to spend my time reading.Published 4 months ago by Paula C Baulch