Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane

Artist Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2008-02-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 737 Ratings

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

    5
    By kasi159
    couldn't put it down! beautiful, honest relateable & heartbreaking
  • I wanted to like it....

    1
    By Cwahl
    ....but I just did not. The characters had no depth and it was just one cliche after another. A very tedious read.
  • In love

    5
    By Kathyxoxo6
    I can't even function. amazing, fantastic, extraordinary !!!! you must read it!!
  • Firefly Lane

    5
    By Louie W Y
    Once I started reading I could hardly put it down.
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Itsme_Jessica
    My favorite book by far. Took me their amazing journey. Made me relive the glory days with my friends.
  • A Must Read

    5
    By Anonmj63
    A beautiful and vivid picture of real, poignant friendship and what it means to grow up. A story that will stay with me...I loved every second of this book.
  • Don't understand the good reviews

    1
    By ShoreJoe
    This was a very long, drawn out version of the movie 'Beaches'. I am angry at myself for seeing it through to the end, thinking it would get better or at least be different from the movie. It doesn't get better and the ending is the same.
  • Good read

    4
    By MamaofBenandChris
    This was definitely a chick book. Sometimes I felt the author was stretching for pages, but great nonetheless. This story takes you down memory/history lane like Forrest Gump. Definitely a tear jerker and a laugh riot.
  • Love!

    5
    By Amym5560
    I loved this book, I could not put it down. I laughed and cried, it is really a beautiful story.
  • Amazing

    5
    By miokchan
    This book was so beautifully written I definitely would recommend it. I was balling at the end and it really made me look at life differently.

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