Firefly Lane

1/26/2010 04:47:00 PM / Posted by Kris /

Product DetailsFirefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

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.

I got this book from a friend who was doing a house
party or something like that. In the program they
gave her like 12 copies of the book and she is
supposed to give them out to friends and then meet
later with everyone to discuss it. I guess it is kind of
like a book club, but they give you the book.
Well, it is a big book and it took a little while for me to
get into it because it is not a romance and I very rarely
read books that have not romantic element in them.
But yesterday and today I was hooked. I started
reading during my lunch time today and could not
stop. It was the end of the book and I could not put
it down and I just kept crying and reading.
The book was very well written. I loved how she moved
time in the story because the book spanned about 30
years so time was advanced by Tully's hairstyle,
clothes and what she reported on that year. So it was
cool to reminisce as I read. I do not remember
everything they mentioned but I remembered a lot of it.
This book was a great friendship book. And very
emotional as well. It was kind of like reading a very
intensive Beaches. Of which I have never read that
book but loved the movie. I say intensive because you
become a lot closer reading about the characters
and hearing their thoughts and emotions than when
you watch a movie. Which is one reason why I love
But great read. I give it an A.



Comment by Rowena on 2/11/2010 2:41 PM

Wow, an A? I'm definitely putting this higher on my list to read since I have this book already. Great review!

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