Fly Away Home
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.
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Questions and Topics for Discussion
1. One of Lizzie’s counselors in Minnesota suggests that she uses her camera as a distancing strategy, saying, “If you’re taking pictures, it takes you out of the story . . . it turns you into an observer instead of a participant.” Lizzie instead thinks that her camera offers her a role as the family historian. Which do you think is true, and why?
2. Both Diana and Richard are involved in extramarital affairs with people that they meet at work. Did you judge them and their actions differently? If so, can you explain why?
3. The mother-daughter relationship is central to Fly Away Home. Discuss how the female characters reacted against their mothers in their own life choices.
4. Flight and escape are recurrent themes in the novel. In contrast, HALT is the mantra Lizzie learns in rehab to help her address addictive behaviors. What do you think the author is saying about coping mechanisms? In which instances do these seem to be healthy and effect see more