Fly Away Home is about a politician’s wife named Sylvie and her two daughters, Diana and Lizzie. In the wake of scandal, mother and daughters have to look deep within themselves and figure out who they are and what they stand for. In her usual fashion, Weiner manages to delve into serious issues while adding in some comical moments as well.
Reviews for the book were mixed. Many said that this book was a delightful summer read, and fit Weiner’s style perfectly. Others said it fell a bit flat. An interesting point that one reader made was that Fly Away Home references to important political wives such as Elizabeth Edwards, Jenny Sanford and Silda Spitzer. All of these women have faced difficult marriage situations in the public political arena.
Weiner’s debut novel, Good In Bed, was a huge success. It is about a young woman named Candace “Cannie” Shapiro, a Philadelphia Examiner reporter who has weight issues. This book deals a lot with self worth and body image, which are very applicable for women in today’s society.
Weiner is also known for her novel, In Her Shoes, which was made into a movie featuring Cameron Diaz. This novel focuses on two sisters. Rose is smart, successful lawyer but is quite dull in appearance. Maggie is beautiful, but isn’t too book smart. This book touches on the power of family and the bond that sisters can share. It also touches on jealousy and the strengths and weaknesses of the traits that each sister portrays. Out of the three or four books I’ve read by Weiner, this one is my favorite. I have yet to read Fly Away Home, but it is definitely on my list of books to read for the Kindle.
Weiner’s books are great summer reads, but they also manage to touch on important issues such as life, family, friendship, self worth and body image in a easy to read and often hilarious manner.