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Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2008-02-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,942 Ratings


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.


  • Good

    By fish8327
    Not sure I would recommend this to anyone. It was a good, memorable book, but hard to connect to. I found myself often times wondering when the climax of the plot will come.
  • Ok

    By sazak89
  • Best Book Ever!

    By bnh001
    Firefly Lane is absolutely phenomenal! One of the best stories I’ve ever read. I enjoyed it immensely, and can’t wait to read book two. Highly recommended!
  • Fantastic Story

    By MaddieLynnnn
    I loved this book! While I didn't grow up in the 70s, I do live in the PNW so it was fun to be familiar with what the author was talking about. This was such a good story about the ups and downs of a lasting friendship and the importance of family. You learn to love Katie so much throughout the book and I only wish that we got some more closure with Tully. The book's ending had me sobbing which I enjoy in a story.
  • Excellent, engrossing start to finish.

    By mmminton
    Read this book. I’ve read several of Kristin Hannah’s books & this is my favorite. I finished it in 2 days, staying up late, waking early & neglecting chores/responsibilities/etc to steal a few minute to read. You will not be disappointed. I cried, laughed, reflected heavily on my own life and was truly sad when the book was over. It will stay with me for a long time and I’m sure I will read it again many times.
  • Rare 5 Star Review

    By Mn8335
    I’ve never heard of Kristin Hannah before picking up this book, and living a stone’s throw from Snohomish, it came as a welcome surprise. What I didn’t expect was a book I couldn’t detach myself from, reading until 2:30 in the morning before I fell asleep with it on my chest. I finished it it 3 days. Bearing intimate witness to Tully and Kate’s enduring friendship left me in tears of both laughter and sweet sorrow. I‘m a discerning and critical reader, but can’t give this any less than 5 stars for its authenticity, nuance, and richness, both in character and plot. This is a MUST read.
  • this book sticks with me

    By km99
    My best friend and I both read this book when we were in high school and it touched us both!
  • Firefly lane

    By Mallyoyo
    A beautiful story that left me in both tears of laughter and tears of sorrow !!
  • Amazing

    By Bri1116
    I finished this book in two days. I laughed and then at the end, I cried and cried until I had no tears left. What a beautifully written novel that is sure to hit close to home for anyone that reads it. Bravo. Maybe my favorite book of all time.

    By Bjwk2
    Just finished, beautiful, touching, pure perfection. So sorry when it ended.