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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447229533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447229537
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hannah's latest is a moving and realistic portrait of a complex and enduring friendship."--"Booklist""Not since Iris Dart's "Beaches", twenty years ago, has there been a story of friendship that endures everything, from girlhood dramas to bitter betrayal, to be the touchstone in two women's lives. In "Firefly Lane", Kristin Hannah creates the most poignant of reunions and an unforgettable story of loyalty and love"-- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "The Deep End of the Ocean""A tearjerker that is sure to please the author's many fans."--"Library Journal ""With perfect pitch, Kristin Hannah describes the tumult and energy of the 70s and 80s, and on a deeper level takes readers into the heart of a friendship between two women. "Firefly Lane" is masterful at the grand sweep and the fine detail."--Elin Hilderbrand, author of "Barefoot""This terrific buddy saga about two best girlfriends who survive all sorts of escapades and catastrophes will inevitably provoke comparisons with Iris Dart's 'Beaches, ' but the story is all Hannah's own."--"The Seattle Times""No one writes more insightfully about women's friendships with all of their messy wonder, humor, pain and complexity like Kristin Hannah. She's a marvel."--Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of "Natural Born Charmer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels. 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 most recent novel, Night Road, was one of eight books selected for the UK's 2011 TV Book Club Summer Read.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2008
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Books of this sort should come with a label attached to the cover, "WARNING - major weepy, have a box of tissues handy". Since reading Barbara Delinsky's The Three Wishes, a few years ago and weeping buckets for the rest of the morning (it's a lovely book by the way), I've studiously tried to avoid weepy's. However Firefly Lane took me by surprise.

Basically, its the story of two very different girls with very different family backgrounds, who meet when they are 14 and form a lasting friendship which spans thirty years (it's rather like the film "Beaches"). Tully has been brought up by her grandmother. Her mother is a hippy, freethinking and pot-smoking. She dumped Tully on Tully's grandmother when her daughter was two and then reappears every few years demanding her child back, before dumping her yet again. Tully and her mother spend the longest time together in the house in Firefly Lane. Over the road lives Kate who comes from a very stable loving conventional family background. A somewhat studious child who loves reading and so is labelled a nerd and ignored at school. Tully, on the other hand is dramatic, wild, vivacious and an instant hit with the school's 'in-crowd'. On the surface the two girls are not the types destined to be friends. However, at a crisis point in Tully's young life Kate helps her and Tully vows to be her friend forever. In turn Tully gives the conventional Kate a makeover, which makes her more popular at school.

Like the majority of relationships, be they friendship or marriage etc., one of the partners is a giver and the other a taker. Kate is a nurturer; not the weaker of the friends, she is strong in her own way, but to start with she is swept along by Tully's dreams and wishes.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2013
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I really enjoyed this story - right from when I read about two young girls crying along to the lyrics of Billy Don't Be A Hero, I knew I was in for a treat. It is the story of Tully and Kate who, despite their different backgrounds, make friends as young girls in 1974 and spans a period of 30 years.

As they grow older they are part of the first generation of women who really believe they can have it all - family, love and a career. Although their lives follow different paths, it is clear that although neither of them does have it all; their friendship is one that lasts through thick and thin.

It is a very gently told saga with two very good main characters and with an ending that is very emotional. If you enjoyed Beaches then I think you would probably enjoy this story as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2008
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Remember what childhood friendships can be like? Quite often, we become best friends with someone and probably swear to each other that this friendship will last forever. Such is the case in Kristin Hannah's touching story Firefly Lane. We hear, "Best friends forever. They'd believed it would last, that vow, that someday they'd be old women, sitting in their rocking chairs on a creaking deck, talking about the times of their lives, and laughing. "

Even the best intentioned promises can sometimes go awry as we learn in this 30 year history of friendship between Kate and Tully. It began in 1974 when Kate Mularkey was feeling especially isolated and coming to terms with the fact that she wasn't popular or pretty. In fact, she might best be described as ordinary.

Then, miracle of miracles a new family moved in across the street and in that family was Tully Hart , the coolest, best looking girl Kate had ever seen. Further, Tully wanted to be her friend, not just an acquaintance but best friends. They were opposites in many ways, but that didn't matter they swore their friendship would never end.

Tully had aspirations and in the years to come she would do whatever it took to become successful, to be acknowledged by all as the best. She does reach the top as a broadcast journalist. Kate, on the other hand, has no such dreams. She simply wants to be a wife and mother, which she does with her husband Johnny and daughter Marah.

Years pass, 30 of them, when suddenly a friendship that was to last forever seems irreparably broken.

Stage and television actress Susan Ericksen delivers an estimable reading, tracing this story of two women and their friendship, its ups and downs, its strength and resiliency.

- Gail Cooke
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Mar. 2011
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I really liked this book. It was a story of a life long friendship between two women who meet as children and follows their lives until middle age. It's a long book. Part of me thought it may have been a bit too long than it needed to be, but the other part of me wonders if not for the length of the book, would the ending have such an impact? I'm undecided. That aside, it was a touching story (that made me write an emotional email to my best friend of 20+ years when I was done). It reminded me of the movie 'Beaches' in some respects, but had no impact on how enjoyable the book was. If you do read it, keep the tissues handy at the end - you'll need them!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kmg on 11 Aug. 2013
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Wonderful book and very personal to me. After reading it I felt love,hope,sadness,happiness and a feeling of calm. I loved the music references in the book as these evoked my own memories. I couldn't put this book down as this was the first time I had read a Kirsten Hannah book I know have to buy her other books. Please read this book and wallow in it.
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