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Firefly Lane: A Novel

Firefly Lane: A Novel

Written by Kristin Hannah

Narrated by Susan Ericksen


Firefly Lane: A Novel

Written by Kristin Hannah

Narrated by Susan Ericksen

ratings:
4.5/5 (883 ratings)
Length:
17 hours
Released:
Feb 5, 2008
ISBN:
9781423325055
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In the 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 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 mainstay 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. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success…and loneliness.

All Kate 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.

Released:
Feb 5, 2008
ISBN:
9781423325055
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Kristin Hannah is a New York Times bestselling author. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, and Hawaii. Her first novel published in the UK, Night Road, was one of eight books selected for the UK's 2011 TV Book Club Summer Read. Her New York Times bestselling novel The Nightingale, has been published in over thirty-nine languages.


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What people think about Firefly Lane

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  • (5/5)
    I had a really hard time putting this one down. I love Kate & Tully!
  • (3/5)
    This book was about a friendship of two girls from youth through college and on. I found it a bit tedious, too much of the same story told over and over again, with just different setting throughout.Normally I like Kristin Hannah's books, this one fell short.
  • (4/5)
    Overall I found this too depressing, melodramatic and frustrating. I also could have done without all the obvious references to the music and fashions of the different time periods. However the fact that the author could create such an emotional reaction from me is a testament to her writing skills. She certainly created two memorable and realistic main character in Katie and Tully--childhood best friends who make a pledge to never abandon one another. This is particularly important to Tully, whose only stable family member is her grandmother. As life moves on Tully--or Tullulah Hart--pursues fame and fortune in the journalistic world. She tries to pull Kate along with her, but Kate is more interested in domestic bliss and eventually wins the affections of a great man. However past secrets and destructive habits will push this friendship to the breaking point again and again. If you enjoy emotional roller coasters and stories about lifelong friends, give this one a go--but, I'm warning your, make sure you have some tissues handy.
  • (4/5)
    Firefly Lane is the story of a friendship. Tallulah "Tully" Hart and Kate Mularkey meet when Tully's mom moves them into a house across the road from the Mularkey's farm. Tully has already been through a traumatic series of events in her relatively young life, events that Kate could not even imagine, so they are truly an unlikely pairing. It is yet another traumatic event that really seals the beginnings of their friendship, a friendship that lasts through all the decades that serve as the timeline of this touching story.I began this book having read two other books by Kristin Hannah and still not sure that Firefly Lane would be "my kind of book". I had this idea that Hannah's writing tended to be more of the romance type and even though some of that comes through at times, I really liked this book. One reason is that I related to the decades in which Kate and Tully grew and matured. I also went to high school in the 70's, college in the 80's, etc. So the cultural and pop references reverberated well for me. Another reason, and perhaps the more important one, is that the story of these two girls becoming women really caught and kept my attention and my heart. I really began to care about what happened to them. A good story does that to you. As I neared the 3/4 mark I was pretty sure of what was going to happen but I still wanted to continue reading. I do wish that there had been a little less of that formulaity in the book, but we all need a good cry every once in a while. Be sure to have some Kleenex on hand for the ending. It's a good cleansing cry, though.
  • (4/5)
    I got this book on a special Amazon deal and started it twice and put it down. Recently was flying and this was on my Kindle. With no internet access I started reading. While the beginning starts out fluffy (the reason I stopped) once I got into the characters and the different paths their lives took them (stay at home Mom vs mega TV news personality) I found myself hooked. While a bit predictable, this was a well written story that makes me want to read more from the author.
  • (4/5)
    A good read.