Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2008-02-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah's magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn't know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she'll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she'll envy her famous best friend. . . .

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you---and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you'll never forget . . . one you'll want to pass on to your best friend.

Reviews

  • Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah.

    5
    By Vodeldy
    I absolutely loved this book. It brought back so many memories of life, love, friendship, pain and joy. I would definitely recommend it to anyone tired of the fluff and smut of so many books these days. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. But most of all it will make you feel.
  • Beautiful story about friendship

    5
    By Rosadina
    That's the beautiful thing about friendships like these.... No matter how close you were and how distant you grow apart, you always have the memories to bring you back and keep you close when it really matters. This book had me laughing, crying, cringing a d remembering my adventures with my BFF.
  • Tell your BFF!

    5
    By Kjfigtree
    Fantastic story of life's twists and turns shared between friends. I couldn't put it down and needed a box of tissues by the end! Highly recommend!
  • I'll definitely tell my friends about this

    5
    By Rebeca007
    A truly wonderful touching story. I laughed and cried and may even pick up the phone and call my BFF who I haven't had contact with in too long.
  • Well Told Story

    4
    By Smoothshoe
    Really enjoyed reading this lovely book about friendship and its ups and downs. There is an openness to it. What a good way to put Inflammatory Breast Cancer in the spot light.
  • Firefly Lane

    5
    By Stabay
    I found it such a perfect read for someone my age (38) as I could remember, relate and use the subtle lessons that the characters experience in this story for my own life. I laughed out loud and cried hard while reading.
  • I didn't want it to end.

    5
    By baldy500
    An amazing story of love and friendship.
  • Fabulous.

    5
    By Panther10002
    Loved it!! Amazing testament to true friendship!!

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