By Kristin Hannah
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.
Great story5By ctwaddlThe story really keeps moving and just when you think you know what is going to happened next, life throws the characters a curveball just like in real life. Very great story
Highly emotional but womderful5By NatalieKY95Hannah is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend not just this book but all of her books. She is an extraordinary writer, and this was an amazing, relatable, can’t put it down until I’m finished read.
Great read!5By cola@0866Such a heartfelt, true to life story. Bitter sweet....loved this book!
Wow, another great one!5By Moki48071I just discovered this author when I read The Great Alone this week. Well, I read this and that in the same week and couldn’t put either down. She is my new favorite author. There is something about her ability to connect you to the characters. She makes you feel like you know and love them. Each time I finish her book I miss reading it. I want to read them again! I’m going to look for more from her.
Beaches rip off but still enjoyed3By amyreaderThe similarities between this book and the book/movie Beaches are almost comical. It is an exact copy with the exception of Tully’s career choice being a news broadcaster vs a broadway star. I still enjoyed the story and the authors writing style, but seriously does she have no shame in stealing Beaches????
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Firefly Lane5By kasi159couldn't put it down! beautiful, honest relateable & heartbreaking
I wanted to like it....1By Cwahl....but I just did not. The characters had no depth and it was just one cliche after another. A very tedious read.
In love5By Kathyxoxo6I can't even function. amazing, fantastic, extraordinary !!!! you must read it!!