Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane

Book - 2008
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From the New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah 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 secretthat 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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's, 2008.
ISBN: 9780312537074
Characteristics: 479 pages ;,24 cm.


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cheapiecheapie Nov 29, 2010

great book about friendship. reminded me of the movie beaches

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Jan 26, 2020

Ellie recommend

Nov 26, 2019

I loved the story and didn't love it. This story is about two teenage girls who develop a friendship that lasts throughout their lives, including college, jobs, dating, and marriage. One girl is Kate Mularkey--from a loving but poor family;, the other is Tully Hart--from a dysfunctional family (her mother every four years or so drops her off at the mom's parents to let them raise her. Kate is very self-doubting and negative; Tully is beautiful and ambitious.

I didn't like the excessive foul language that drops from both Kate's and Tully's mouths. I also didn't like that a big part of Tully's life involves "one night stands" or dating handsome men only for fun and sex and image, but these do establish why Tully is the way she is.
I also didn't like the constant jealousy by Kate over Tully---for her career, rich living style, and looks.

BUT, the story becomes stronger by the end: very powerful.

Oct 01, 2019

Great read. Story of two best friends Tully and Kate. Follows their lives through good and bad times. Journalists. Tv personality
Kate stay at home mom. Cancer

Jun 23, 2019

Few books have ever moved me to tears the way this one did. Touching, funny and memorable, Kristin Hannah has done wonders with her realistic passage of time in a unique way. By showcasing popular songs of each era as well as historic events, I felt that I was right there along with the characters.

May 03, 2019

Book club?

Sep 10, 2018

Read in 2016 - great book

Jul 22, 2018

This book felt like watching a movie or a series as it goes over the course of four decades. Very well written.

Jul 09, 2018

This book was long but good. Great storyline and characters. Will definitely read another book by this author.

Nov 28, 2016

More in depth than other books by this author. I liked it, and enjoyed spending two thick novels with these characters (this one, and its sequel, Fly Away).

Jan 27, 2016

Well done....Kleenex needed

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SpringAltman Jul 08, 2014

Katie thinks Tully is the 'coolest girl'
when she meets her, and Tully could just use a friend. So begins a lifelong
friendship that endure ups and downs of life.


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SpringAltman Jul 08, 2014

“That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart.”
― Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane


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