When I was in Charlotte, I eye-spied that Sarah’s mom left a book there from her previous visit. Sarah was so kind to let me take it with me.
I’m no stranger to Jennifer Weiner books: In Her Shoes, Good In Bed, Certain Girls, Goodnight Nobody
With Jennifer Weiner books, you have a consistent theme: strong female characters, little time spent on the males, set in Philadelphia, jaded about/wronged by men, a coming together of female relatives.
Goodnight Nobody is a stray in that it was Jennifer Weiner’s attempt to write a mystery. Yeah, don’t do that again, Jennifer, thanks. Goodnight Nobody is my least favorite book of hers. BUT it does hold a special place in my heart as it was the FIRST book club selection when I helped form a book club in Charlotte years ago.
Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
In reading a few reviews online, Fly Away Home didn’t seem to be a crowd pleaser. However, I really liked this book!!! Jennifer Weiner did jump on the current events bandwagon for the plot though. Fly Away Home is the story of Sylvie Woodruff, wife to a Senator and mother to two daughters. It follows Sylvie after the story breaks on the news that her Senator husband had an affair. Hellooooooo John Edwards, Anthony Weiner, etc etc etc.
I was much more drawn to the stories of the two daughters and not to Sylvie. Each chapter either follows Sylvie or one of the daughters: Lizzie & Diana. Lizzie is a classic screw-up, fresh out of rehab, trying to get her life straight. Diana is an overachieving doctor who seems to have it altogether on the surface.
Although Diana isn’t the most likeable character, I enjoyed her story/dilemma the best. And I enjoyed the rawness when describing her marriage to a husband that she no longer even LIKES.
“So the sex wasn’t great, she thought as they kissed, bumping noses and teeth as sweat dribbled from his forehead onto her breasts. ‘Sorry!’ he’d cried, wiping her off with a pillowcase.”
“She forced herself out of the empty bed. Gary had actually gotten up before her and was in the bathroom, where he’d be shedding wet towels and whiskers and leaving a crush of toothpaste and shaving cream in the sink.”
I found those scenes so true! When in a wrong relationship, those types of things annoy the CRAP out of people.
So, in all, I believe that this is my 2nd favorite Jennifer Weiner (1st place still going to Good In Bed). It was a great read to make those flights across the country go by faster!
Fly Away Home: 4 out of 5 stars