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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.

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Firefly Lane
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4.6 / 5
Friendship over the decades.
July 13th, 2015
When it comes to giving ratings to things, I try to go with the description associated with the stars instead of the stars themselves. In this case, I thought the two stars "it was okay" reflects how I felt about this book. I'm not saying there weren't things I didn't like about the book, and I sure as heck teared up for the last few chapters of this book. The author is relatively new to me. And the first 40% of the book was the most difficult for me to get through, but I thought it got better after that. This book felt both too long and too short. It felt too long because the book spans at several decades, which is not bad, but it just felt like so much different stuff for such a short book. And the book felt short because I wanted so much more information. It felt sort of bare in terms of details. It really felt as though the author knew she had a set of plot points to hit over the several decades of the book, and that made the book feel at times a little disjointed, like the writing and details don't matter as much as the plot points. There felt like a lot of unnecessary repetition and some telling me as a reader how to interpret things instead of describing things. For example, everyone describes Tully as being passionate and brassy, and we don't often get to see that much ourselves. Plus, I don't see how Tully is passionate, or what she's passionate about. Is she passionate about the news? About being on television? It's never that clear. Though the book is about the relationship between the two, a lot of attention is focused on Kate. And she just seems like a downer during most of the time, until she gets married and has kids. Now, there are some themes that stray very dangerously (and boringly) into cliche territory, but I do like the idea of Tully and Kate having different life patterns, and each life has its ups and downs, it's benefits and downsides. Tully doesn't have life that Kate has, and she feels like she's missing something some of the time, but by the end I sense that she's pretty okay with her life. After all, there's no one way to live. And I like that Kate pushes back against her mother and wants to be a stay-at-home mom. All the same, it feels like the emphasis is part of the agenda, versus Tully, who is practically soulless and only focused on business. That's another aspect I have difficulty with: what does Tully want? She wanted to be famous to show her mother, etc. But even that's not totally clear. She seems to have no clear motivation, no reasoning for doing what she's doing, and thus she doesn't really find redemption in the end. I really identify with the people who say that the characters are one-dimensional. There are moments of color, but overall there's a lot of possible character development that never made it onto the page. The other characters outside of Tully and Kate get even less attention, which is too bad. What I enjoyed the most was the interaction between Tully and Kate, since there's hardly any interaction between these characters and anyone else. And I felt like the relationship was fairly realistic; I like that they deviated and had difficulty finding shared topics to discuss. As far as I can tell, the book has a few autobiographical elements to it: the book takes place in Washington state, the girls joined a sorority at UW, and Kristin Hannah lost her mother early to cancer. And I think the elements of the decades that passed are ones that Hannah likes to remember and include in the book, which makes sense, and I think people who grew up during that time probably find moments of delight at the bits of culture. I'm typically not the audience for this sort of book, but I can see why so many other people like it.
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Great book about frieships
May 19th, 2015
Great read, a little long but sweet read. It starts out great with a trip through time to the 70's then the 80's.
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Fantastic Read
May 8th, 2015
This was a great book about life & growing up. The two main characters were so wonderful. They couldn't have been more different & yet they remained friends for life.
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LOVE!
March 28th, 2015
I could not put this book down. It took a complete twist and I did not expect all that happened! Totally recommend!
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Awesome story!
February 5th, 2015
This story is amazing and made me think back to when I met my best friend 29 years ago. It has been a trip and we are still friends and hopefully will be for many more years. Love my bff Janeen!
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Firefly Lane
January 19th, 2015
I think this is an amazing book and I have been telling all my friends. It has moved Kristin Hannah as a author on my list of authors to follow.
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Firefly Lane
January 2nd, 2015
Loved this story. Real, heart warming, and a rollercoaster of emotions. Beautifully written. Loved this book.
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Firefly Lane
June 7th, 2014
Good read. Reminiscent of Beaches.
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Highly recommend
May 7th, 2014
Hitchcock thought me how to get scary reading a book this one to cry. A book about friendship, family, love, laughter, cry. A bit disappointed with the ending, however highly recommend.
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Firefly lane
March 1st, 2014
One of the best books I have read in a long time. It shows the importance of friendship, family and love.
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February 7th, 2014
This was one of my favourite books yet. In fact, i enjoyed it so much, i purchased the hard cover for my best friend and gave it to her to enjoy for her birthday. We related to Kate and Tully in this book although not in every aspect. It was touching, realistic, heartwarming and heartwrenching. Every woman should have a best friend they can always rely on in any situation as it was in this book. 5 out of 5 for me.
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1 review
January 27th, 2014
I received a rebate coupon so I decided to give this book a try. I was expecting a good read, but nothing exceptional. Wow, was I ever surprised. The characters are well developed, which drew me into the story. It felt like I knew them. As I was progressing in the book, I had that mixed feeling where you have to keep reading to find out what comes next, yet you don't want to rush it because you don't want the book to end. Without giving any of the plot away, I cried. Not something that happens often when I read. This book is like life: it contains moments of joy, doubt, love, frustration. So happy there is a second book: would have been hard to say goodbye forever.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I real enjoyed this book. it was an emotional book that pulled you in and made you care about the caterers.It was a book that made me want more, I was sad when it was over.
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1 review
Great Read...A Real Tear Jerker
January 4th, 2014
At first I felt the book was very slow... Once I got past the halfway point, I couldn't put it down!! I cried when I learned about Kate and her future!! Loved this book. Will definitely read another one of Kristin Hannah's books.
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2 reviews
Great Read...A Real Tear Jerker
January 4th, 2014
At first I felt the book was very slow... Once I got past the halfway point, I couldn't put it down!! I cried when I learned about Kate and her future!! Loved this book. Will definitely read another one of Kristin Hannah's books.
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2 reviews
November 26th, 2013
Loved it, can't waith to read Fly Away
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Firefly lane
November 5th, 2013
This is my first reading experience with Kristin Hannah and it was wonderful. There is no woman or girl in the world that hasn't had an experience like one of Tulley and Kate's. Well written. I will be reading all her books.
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October 4th, 2013
This was written so well that it seemed like the characters were real people. Definitely teared up at the end
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October 4th, 2013
5 stars was great
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October 4th, 2013
Kristin Hannah is one of my favourite authors. Firefly Lane was a page turner, so raw and honest revealing many emotions, twists and turns in the relationship of two women. The relational family dynamics just draws you in, I felt I was living with these characters. I also appreciate Kristin Hannah because she can weave a true human emotions and tell stories which keeps you wanting for more, yet rarely uses bad language.
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