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3.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 5 3.10 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Weiner Narrator: Judith Light Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781442316850
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One of the nation’s most beloved writers, Jennifer Weiner has become a literary phenomenon with millions of copies of her books in print. Her latest work, Fly Away Home , is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who seek refuge in an old Connecticut beach house.

Sylvie has spent the last thirty-eight years being the ideal politician’s wife. After a painful public betrayal, she retreats to her grandmother’s rambling seaside home to ride out the scandal and find herself again.

Sylvie’s eldest daughter, Kate, married out of friendship and respect, not love...then years later, finds herself falling for a most unsuitable man. When the affair ends badly, she sets off in search of a new beginning.

Lizzie, Sylvie’s youngest, who caused her parents such heartache as a teenager, is finally getting her life together. When a summer fling leaves her pregnant, and her charming boyfriend turns violent, Lizzie heads out of town.

Fly Away Home is about a family of women who, together, find their voices, their purpose, and the power they’ve had all along. With Weiner’s signature blend of heartbreak and humor, this stunning follow-up to one of the most popular novels of the year will resonate with listeners everywhere. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Witty and smart.”

    O Magazine

  • “This is summer reading at its best: entertaining and full of insight into relationships and how they change.”

    People

  • “Fresh, nuanced...Weiner wryly and sensitively shows the trade-offs we all make to maintain our relationships.”

    Parade

  • “This bestselling author proves again that she writes the best page-turners around.”

    Elle

  • “From the smartest chick-lit author we know...With her signature humor, Weiner humanizes the relationship between a mother and her daughters as they struggle to keep their family together.”

    Glamour

  • “Unflappably fun… Hilarious… In Jennifer Weiner’s luscious new novel, Fly Away Home, a political wife’s predicament is the catalyst for a highly entertaining story…The message is choosing to live an authentic life. As always, Weiner gives us a woman who stands taller, curvier, and happier when she does just that.”

    USA Today

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maribeth | 2/20/2014

    " An easy read for a lazy day, but there is more to her writing than meets the eye. Smart and funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felisha | 2/10/2014

    " As always, loved it. I am a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner and whenever I pick up one of her books I cannot put it down. This book was a sweet story about being in a family and growing up. It did make me wish I had a beach house to run away to when life gets too overwhelming! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania Lukinyuk | 2/5/2014

    " I have not been lucky recently with choosing great books for reading. Unfortunately, 'Fly Away Home' did not break this unlucky stripe. This turned out to be a good solid 3-star book. As a marketer, I totally admire author's approach in choosing right characters - females of ages 50+, 30+ and 20+, all at different life cycle stages, having variety of unique issues which happen to be most typical issues nowadays (disloyalty, divorces, custody, drugs etc.). Perfect wife, perfect daughter, troubled child, generation gap - all properly featured in the book. All set to target the widest audience possible. Yet as marketer I know - when you target wide audience - you get average product which does not particularly strike a cord big time with any real consumers (readers in this case). Yes, book reveals exciting insights: women loving husbands beyond their kids, totally sacrificing their self identity; women spending their life trying to be ideal and having ideal lifestyle/family. But the plot is built on cliches, very typical for America these days, I believe, such as women suddenly regaining their self identity after quarter of century or starting search for their true self... Characters are very predictable, straightforward, one almost wishes to cry out to the author: "Give them a twist!" The only lively character in the book is Selma, the mother of the main character, feministic ex-judge with rough sense of humor. Yet even with her - i was hit by banal cliches at times. If you liked 'Eat, Pray, Love' - you will love this book. If you did not - don't waste your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Silcock | 2/3/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that it seemed rushed at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Duncan | 2/1/2014

    " A well-written story about family relationships. It's definitely a "Woman's Book"--can't imagine many men would relate to it -- but, being a woman, I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni Owens | 1/27/2014

    " It took me awhile to get into this book but once I did I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mar | 1/25/2014

    " Good summer read, not one of Weiner's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/24/2014

    " Not bad but I wouldn't read it again...took a while to get into and it was a bit predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/19/2014

    " Fast read, chick lit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele Ktistou | 1/18/2014

    " Probably my least favorite of her books. She always does a good job storytelling though, I just didn't like the topic of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hmhouston | 1/11/2014

    " A decent read but somewhat predictable... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annika | 1/1/2014

    " this was really 3 1/2 stars. I liked it but not nearly as much as her others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J | 12/7/2013

    " I didn't get very far. Too much sex and drugs. Not my type of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsie | 10/14/2013

    " A testament to the strength and flexibility of women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/19/2013

    " I became attached to the characters and The Honorable Selma Serfer made me laugh out loud. It was a great summer read, except the ending was weak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 5/8/2013

    " This book didn't move me. All I can say after reading it is 'what a messed up family'! After Richard cheats on Sylvie they barely communicate til almost the last chapter and Sylvie decides to take another chance. Most of the time you could figure out what was going to happen before you read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 5/3/2013

    " Not nearly as good as Good in Bed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 4/27/2013

    " Solid Jennifer Weiner, and the perfect thing to read on vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/22/2013

    " Entertaining story about the aftermath of a husband's public infidelity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temoca | 2/10/2013

    " A story about a mother and her two daughters in different places in their lives and coming to terms with change, building a happy life, accepting mistakes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Bochonko | 12/29/2012

    " at first I didn't think I would like this book, mainly because I did not like the main character, but warmed up to both and found this to be a good book that prompted some good discussions by our book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/20/2012

    " Sylvie and her daughters were all going through their own automated unsatisfying lives. Then through circumstances beyond their control, or through difficult decision making they change the path they are on, which leads to ultimately a more satisying life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Koch | 11/6/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book. I wasn't sure I would at first,because, honestly, haven't we heard enough about senators who cheat on their wives? However, this book wasn't really about that. It was a lot more about building back up after mistakes and gaining forgiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Johnson | 10/4/2012

    " A perfectly fine, preditable, safe summer read. Too bad Ms. Weiner peaked with her first novel, Good in Bed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/4/2012

    " The book was enjoyable & a fast read, but nothing new or especially moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Holladay | 4/12/2012

    " This book was just average for me. It didn't have me on the edge of my seat but the fact that it was told from three different viewpoints (which almost made it feel like three different stories)kept the book interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Dodds | 5/27/2011

    " I snagged this book on sale for an easy read. ... it turned out to be more than that to me. A story about husbands and wives and then mothers and daughters. It was endearing and relatable in ways I didn't think it would be. I enjoyed it immensely. ... made me want to call my mom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 5/22/2011

    " Probably my least favorite of hers so far. I'm always a big fan of her books but this one just didn't pull me in like she usually does. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/21/2011

    " I did not bother to finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 5/20/2011

    " Again, Jennifer Weiner proves to be a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 5/18/2011

    " I usually like her books, but this one was boring and hard to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 5/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, although it did not have a true meaning at the end of the book. I guess it just explores the complexities of mother-daughter relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cissie | 5/17/2011

    " I love a book that can make me laugh out loud!
    I just simply enjoyed this book!
    This is the first Jennifer Weiner book I have read. So happy to find it after looking through 3 airport shops. My flights were much more bearable after finding this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/17/2011

    " This was a tough one. Weiner's unhappy marriage books always make me uncomfortable, and this was no exception. I liked it very much, it was emotionally honest with well-rounded smart characters. But it was a difficult read for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lib10 | 5/16/2011

    " It was an easy read, not real challenging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 5/15/2011

    " Liked it better than her last book (Best Friends Forever) but not as much as the earlier ones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/12/2011

    " Not one of her best. What is with these authors that write great books early in their career and then start cranking out bad stuff? It was just okay - I barely cared about the characters, they are not terribly likable or endearing in any way. Boring blah storyline. I would skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 5/11/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, it sort of had that redemption thing going but I would have liked everybody's story to have been wrapped up nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/9/2011

    " Typical book of the author. Lots of marital conflict, political scandal, vacation house get-away. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels. After graduating with a degree in English literature from Princeton, she worked as a newspaper reporter in a number of states but became a full-time writer after the publication of her first novel in 2001. Her novel In Her Shoes was made into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, and she is the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family show State of Georgia. As a public speaker, Weiner has appeared on the Today show, the Martha Stewart Show, and her work has appeared in such publications as Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, and others.

About the Narrator

Judith Light is a two-time Tony Award–winning actress, winning Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for both The Assembled Parties and Other Desert Cities. She also won Drama Desk Awards for both of these roles. Judith’s television career began with the role of Karen Wolek on One Life to Live, for which she won two “Best Actress” Emmy Awards. She has many more stage, film, and television roles to her credit as well.