London: Jennifer Weiner is back. Her latest book, ‘Fly Away Home,’ is her best offering in years.
The premise seems ripped from the headlines. Sylvie Serfer is a senator`s wife who has made a life and career out of standing by her man. She looks the part, looks after her husband, and is completely blindsided when she learns that he is having an affair with a much younger woman — an affair that becomes front-page news.
She flees to her family`s home in Connecticut, where she begins to heal.
‘Fly Away Home’ is also about Sylvie`s two grown daughters: Diana is an emergency room physician who is having a passionate extramarital affair with an intern at the hospital. Lizzie, the younger daughter, is a recovering drug addict and is trying to find her place and purpose in life.
Diana is a perfectionist who cannot stand her husband. She isn`t the most likable character in the world, but the warmth she lacks can be found in 24-year-old Lizzie, who is trying to pull herself together. It takes time for Lizzie to shake the irresponsible image that has followed her for years.
The three women end up taking an extended "timeout" from their everyday lives. They gather in Connecticut, where they reconnect and face their demons.
The book is well written, a page turner and timely. Fans of Weiner won`t be disappointed, and readers in general will be satisfied.