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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (May 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743294289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743294287
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cee Ess TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 25 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm not the fastest reader and I don't always finish books to the end (although I usually peak to see what happens). But with this one, I read in a week without peaking - rare for me. I'm not sure why. The book was okay. The storyline and the weaving of the three women's plights kept things moving. There were too many boring details about cooking, running and clothes, and not enough of Weiner's trademark humour, which is what I was looking for. Selma's straight-forward, no nonsense comic relief punches were too few and far between. Back to the storyline, it was interesting to explore why women stand by (temporarily or long term) their cheating husbands. In this case, I didn't wholly sympathsize with the betrayal bestowed upon those with money and privilege. "He cheated. It's tragic. Driver, take me to my summer home on the beach." How sorry can I feel for this person? Anyway, it was good enough for me to finish in a week so I guess it had some merits.

I'm compelled to rat about an obvious and annoying mistake. Page 227 says Lizzie is wearing billowy cotton pants and then a few pages later on 232 (same day) it says that her skirt is soaked and sticking to her legs. It's annoying that the author does this and then the editing team misses it. When people pay for books, I expect them to be better than sloppy editing.
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Format: Hardcover
I was quite disappointed with Jennifer Weiner's novel Fly Away Home. I'm not one to not finish a book, but I found it rather painful to get through. There were too many scenes describing the youngest daughter doing drugs. Overall the story just had depressing event after depressing event and yet everything turned out so well in the end. I say too good to be true.
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Format: Hardcover
Jennifer Weiner is back to telling some amazing stories! I didn't like her last couple of titles as much as her earlier books, but the characters in this one are like more mature versions of the ones you find in Good In Bed and In Her Shoes. Loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyne Aarsen on Aug. 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have loved every Jennifer Weiner book since Good in Bed. They had sparkle, wit and a sly humour. This one has none of the previous. A few sentences that made me smile, but for the rest, the Jennifer Weiner I love wasn't there. I sense that she's trying to expand her horizons and as a writer I can appreciate that. However this book didn't go far. In fact it didn't seem to go anywhere for the longest time. This story of a mother and her two daughters and the mess their lives had become could have been so good and for awhile Ms. Weiner delivered on this promise. But the middle of the book sagged and by seven-eighths of the way I wanted to yell at the three characters to talk to each other for goodness sakes. Too much narrative and not enough of Ms. Weiner's trademark sparkling dialogue made this book seem to drag. I cared enough about the characters ( and that speaks to Ms. Weiner's skill) that I wanted them to do something, anything, other than hang around and tell us how miserable they were and how they had messed up their lives. I'm going to hold off buying her next book until I can see where she wants to go with her writing. This one was disappointing.
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 24 2011
Format: Paperback
Sylvie Serfer Woodruff, wife of Senator Richard Woodruff has spent her entire marriage supporting her husband, even at the expense of their daughters, Lizzie, 24 and Diana, 30. The story opens with an affair he had with an intern hits the media fan. For once, Sylvie does not stand by her man. She tells him to hit the road, Jack and she returns to her girlhood home in Connecticut. (Sylvie's name is a play on words - Silver Surfer is not too far a jump from "Sylvie Serfer.")

Diana was the only character I actively disliked. She is a driven doctor, unhappily married to a man she met while on the rebound. The couple have a 6-year-old son named Milo who has Asperger's. Although the term is never used in the novel, it is clear that Milo has Asperger's. He wears a hat inside and outside of the house to block out noises; is bound to routines and eats only certain items. Diana has an affair with a med student that blows up in her face. I can't say I felt sorry for her when her lover jilted her. In her case, I thought it served her right. Harsh and judgmental, it is hypocritical on her part for her of all people to turns her back on her father for marital infidelity.

Lizzie, home from a rehab center in Minnesota is trying to pick up her life. She has sworn off substances and Diana hires her as a nanny for Milo. Lizzie and Milo bond and they go sightseeing throughout Philadelphia, where Diana has moved. Lizzie is a very sympathetic character. While Diana has long been harsh and unaccepting of her, I just loved it when Lizzie catches Diana and her lover in flagrante delicto. I thought it served Diana right, especially after she ousted Lizzie from her home.

Lizzie meets a really kind man in a coffee shop.
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