Fly Away Home (Hardcover)
|Author: 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.
Jennifer Weiner asserts her title as the queen of intelligent and highly relevant chick lit with this chronicle of a cuckolded politician's wife who asks her two semi-estranged daughters to join her at the family beach house for some psychological convalescence. Sylvia Woodruff was once a liberated "hippie chick," but life as a senator's wife has gradually forced her to shed all remnants of her previous identity. When her husband publicly confesses to an affair, Sylvia decides to hide out from the rabid press and reconnect with her two daughters--a recovering addict and a seemingly successful doctor who is contemplating having an affair of her own.