Fly Away Home

A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

Description: 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.

I read this book before and I remembered really liking it, but apparently I remembered wrong, it was okay but it wasn’t as good as I remembered it being. (Which is one reason why I started my blog! See? It’s working out for me now that I have the blog I can easily remember which books I loved and which were just alright) the characters in this book were bland, stuck up, spoiled, hypocritical and just flat out bitches. The story was okay, it was interesting to see the three women figuring out their lives and dealing with the stress of having a cheating asshole dad, even though one of them is also a cheating asshole…but with their dad being a public figure not only do they have to deal with the fact that their dad is a scumbag but with the fact that half the world also knows that too. It was dramatic and yet kind of boring at the same time. It was a quick read though so it would be a decent vacation read I think. It was okay but not great.

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