Society Bakery Making Cupcakes for New York Times Best Selling Author Jennifer Weiner’s Fly Away Home Book Tour

Jennifer and Society Bakery will be at Legacy Books in Plano, Tuesday, July 20th at 7 pm for a book signing

This morning, you might have seen Jen smiling back at you from the front page of USAToday, as a rave review, here below, is featured in the Life section. Reviews across all media have been Jen’s best yet — picked as one of EW’s Best Summer Reads, this “quintessential beach read” (Columbus Dispatch) has been hailed as “witty and smart” (Magazine), “fresh, nuanced” (Parade), “sharp, hysterical, thoughtful” (Providence Journal), and “smart and juicy” (Good Housekeeping). Elle exclaims, “This best-selling author proves again that she writes the best page-turners around” and here below, USAToday calls it, “Hilarious…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.” And the list goes on…
Pick up a copy today and come out to see Jen on tour — this year, Jen will be bringing along the country’s best cupcakes as thanks to her fans. A list of the bakeries and all of her tour dates are on Jen’s Facebook page under “Tour”: www.facebook.com/JenniferWeiner.
Jennifer Weiner’s ‘Fly Away Home’: Unflappably fun read
By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY
If there’s one thing worse than a crooked politician, it’s a cheating politician who drags his humiliated and betrayed wife into the media limelight of his own embarrassment and misery.

Whether they stand by their man (Silda Spitzer) or run him through the meat grinder of public opinion (Elizabeth Edwards), women who’ve been cheated on make for juicy headlines.

And compelling fiction, too.

CBS has a hit with The Good Wife, and now in Jennifer Weiner‘s luscious new novel, Fly Away Home, a political wife’s predicament is the catalyst for a highly entertaining story.

And so we meet poor, poor Sylvie Woodruff, who joins the “unhappy sorority” of put-upon wives when her husband, Richard, a U.S. senator, has a fling with a woman half his age.

Most galling for 57-year-old Sylvie: She has devoted her life to her husband as a man and a politician, even at the expense of her daughters, Diana and Lizzie, and her own self-worth.

Sylvie has been Botoxed, liposuctioned, nipped and tucked. Her normally curly hair has been straightened and highlighted and sculpted into the classic political-wife hair helmet.

But rather than stick with Richard after the initial humiliating walk of shame for the TV cameras, Sylvia kicks off her high heels, sheds her girdles and too-tight designer suits in favor of soft sweaters and yoga pants, and heads to the beach.

So what if most mistreated wives can’t run away to a homey beach house situated on a bluff above the Atlantic Ocean. And so what if, unlike most women with unfaithful husbands, Silvie doesn’t have to worry about having a job or paying the bills.

It’s all because Weiner, beloved by readers for Good in Bedand In Her Shoes, makes us like Sylvie so much. We cheer her on as she devolves from her role as a fantastic but plastic political wife into a happy, confident woman who cooks and bakes her way to a new self-understanding and makes up for lost time with her grown daughters.

And Diana and Lizzie’s stories are equally intriguing. The married Diana, a doctor, is having a heated affair with an intern five years younger. Scenes in which Weiner describes Diana having sex with her mopey, mouth-breathing husband, Gary, are hilarious. The adorable Lizzie struggles with addiction. A tragic event from her childhood offers a sorrowful example of how Sylvie sacrificed her daughters’ well-being for her husband’s career.

In the end, it’s not Sylvie’s choices that are important as much as the fact that she chooses to do what’s best for her. 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.


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