Fly Away Home

  • by Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by Judith Light
  • 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.
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 57, 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 24 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.

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Entertaining Enough

By now the story has become iconic: for a variety of reasons, a relationship ends, leaving the woman to grieve a while, and feel sad. She then starts a new program of losing weight, going back to school, travel, a new job, lunching with friends while she mourns, anything new will do. She becomes New And Improved Woman. In the course of one of these new pursuits, she meets a correspondingly wounded but willing New And Improved Man.

The two hit it off right away, have a brief hiatus during which they adjust their emotional gears, and then it's back in the saddle just in time for Christmas, Thanksgiving or some other holiday where everyone and his/her extended family get together. Maybe a pregnancy or two is thrown in for extra tears and joy. The novel ends with a joyous scene at the end, preferably with attenuated descriptions of food and decor, with everyone trotting out their New And Improved features.

It would be nice, just once, to read a novel where a New And Improved Woman ends up with simply herself, no match mate required.

Jennifer Wiener is a seriously funny and gifted writer even though her topics can seem a bit tired and passe. I enjoyed this book but I could read it while working.
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- Pamela Harvey "glam"

Loved it!

This is the best book I have listened to in a long time. The characters are so fleshed out you will swear you've known them for years. Judith Light did an excellent job and I hope she'll be narrating books for years to come.
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- Jayne Greeley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio