Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

From the jacket copy:

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 is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.

Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect home—and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.

After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.

I enjoyed this, but am seeing a very predictable pattern with Weiner’s books. I’m getting a little tired of reading about the overachieving older sister and the wild child younger one. In this case, I did like the relationship between Sylvie and Richard and thought that added a lot to the story. I also liked Lizzie quite a lot and loved watching her character grow. Diana really didn’t do much for me. Overall, a book worth reading, but I’d like to see something a little different next time.

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