Click Here To Purchase Fly Away Home: A Novel

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 978-07432-9428-7

"Ladybug, ladybug fly away home

Your house is on fire, your children all gone."

The ladybug nursery rhyme seems appropriate for this book. That’s because for Sylvie, wife of NY State senator Richard Woodruff, her house caught on fire when pictures of her husband cheating surface and he becomes the latest in an increasingly (and disappointingly) long list of philandering public officials.

If you’ve ever wondered what could possibly compel a woman to stand stoically behind her man as he’s up in front of the media, and hence the world, to field the onslaught then this book could give you some insight.

Life turns instantly messy for Sylvie. And, like the ladybug, her children are gone. Eldest daughter Diana, who seemingly has her life put together as a successful emergency room physician, is actually holding on by a thread trying to keep from falling apart. Sylvie’s other daughter Lizzie has always been the black sheep of the family: drugs and promiscuity have off and on put the family at risk of bad publicity. What we discover, along with Sylvie, is the underlying reasons for each of her daughters’ present situations.

Under the glare of public scrutiny, both near and far, Sylvie retreats to her family’s Connecticut summer home to lick her wounds and reassess her life and life decisions. Will she stay with Richard or not? We don’t find out until the very end.

But the end seems to come too soon in this 397 page-turner. I could have kept reading about these three women for double that length. Weiner deftly rotates the story between the three women’s perspectives. You learn to love each of them in their own turn, even the hard-edged Diana whose back story comes a little later and brings to light what might drive a super-achiever.

The one minor criticism I have for the book is that Weiner tends refer to the other political scandals once too often. We get it. Even if you’ve lived under a rock, the scandalous slime has oozed there.

All-in-all Weiner has lived up to her earlier successes. Fly Away Home is a winner that you won’t be able to put it down. Pack this in your summer beach bag.

JENNIFER WEINER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including Best Friends Forever, Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and Certain Girls. A graduate of Princeton University, Weiner lives in Philadelphia with her family.

Click Here To Purchase Fly Away Home: A Novel