Fly Away Home
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 i...more
The characters are so unlikeable and so one dimensional. There's really no reason for us to care about them or their challenges. I'm also finding the sister theme of one sister is the smart crabby sister and the other is the flighty sister really tiresome. ...more
Fly Away Home is one of those books. I read it quickly & it was enjoyable, but I didn't close have that satisfied feeling I get when I finish a good ...more
Fly Away Home is about what happens to a family when a betrayal is revealed in a very public way. Sylvie, the victimized wife, decides that she needs some time away. She moves to her mother’s vacation home, hoping to figu ...more
I had my doubts about this book because I read one of Jennifer Weiner's other books and didn't care for it that much but this was really good. The ladies are all selfish and you want to shake each one but I didn't grow up with money, fame, or responsibility like this family did so I don't ...more
So, I'm a little at a loss. There is a somewhat relentless focus on women's issues, questions of how women identify and define their sense of self and their importance in the world, and the novel explores t ...more
I listened to, rather than read, this book. Fly Away Home tells the story of Sylvie Woodruff and her daughters, Diana and Lizzie. Married for more than thirty years, Sylvie learns that her husband, Senator Richard Woodruff has had an affair. Sylvie retreats to her family's beach home in Connecticut to figure out what she wants to do with her marriage, and is ultimately joined by her daughters.
The book follows the story of three women. The mother, whose husband is a politician, finds out that he husband had an affair. The eldest daughter, Diana, is having an affair and is repulsed by her husband. And the youngest, Lizzy, has just gotten out of rehab.
The mother is the most likable character by far. She goes through a lot ...more
I was really disappointed with this novel. After reading the Book Blurb, I thought I was going to get a literary version of The Good Wife. Sylvie Serfer Woodruff has given all that she is and has to her husband - U.S. Senator Richard Woodruff. She has put him above everyone, including her daughters. She is a glorified gopher - she fetches his breakfast, helps write his speeches, runs every detail of their daily schedule as well as the maintenance of their Manhattan apartment. That is u ...more
The book is told alternately from the perspective of the wife and two adult daughters of a New York senator who has been caught having an affair. After the press conference in which he admits to not only having the affair, but using his influence (but not ...more
I found her two daughters a ...more
Fly Away Home is a novel that sounds like it is ripped from headlines. Sylvie Serfer Woodruff has changed herself over the years into the perfect politician’s wife. Her husband, Richard Woodruff, is a high powered senator from ...more
The premise is certainly timely in that a senator's wife, Sylvie Woodruff, discovers (along with the rest of the country) that her husband Richard had an affair with a much-younger lobbyist. Sylvie has to figure out what she's going to do next. Stick ...more
I really liked all of the characters. They completely seemed real to me. I kept thinking of Sylvie, the mom, and relating her to my mom. And how my mom is always there backing up my dad and how if my dad was unfaithful I could see the next series of events unfolding the same way they did in the book. I could also relate to a little bi ...more
This was a heartbreaking story of how wrong things can go within a family - First, Sylvie finds out that her senator husband had an affair with a young aide - she discovers this at a rest stop while en route to yet another political event in support of her husband. Next, Sylvie's work- and run-aholic oldest daughter Diana is having her own affair to escape her boring husband. Finally, Sylvie's youngest daughter Lizzie, newly released from a d ...more
I got about a quarter of the way through this book, but I just wasn't into the characters or the story. Perhaps it is because we hear about politicians having extra marital affairs so often in the news that I just didn't feel the need to invest in a fictional account of such a story. While it is probably a decent book with an interesting in ...more
I think she should stay away from writing based on the headlines (wives who stand at the side of cheating politicians) and go back to creating ...more