Monday, June 27, 2011
Book Review: Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
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.
Weiner's writing style reminds me a lot of Jodi Picoult books. I truly believe that if you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, these books are for you. We learn the story of three family members during this time. This family has coinciding stories, but none are very well at communicating with the others. Sylvie, Diana, and Lizzie all have their own personal problems that could be better dealt with by telling those in the family. Their stories are intertwined, but neither realizes it until the end. This family needs the support of each other through their difficult moments. Weiner writes this story in a way that makes you fall in love with the characters, but have strong feelings of dislike for them for their decisions as well. This is a remarkable novel that had all the components necessary for a great story.