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Fly Away Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 551 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point; Lrg edition (Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611737427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611737424
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,840,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"By reversing traditional expectations, Hannah ("Night Road") calls attention to the modern female soldier and offers a compassionate, poignant look at the impact of war on family." --"Publishers Weekly "on "Home Front"

""Home Front's" heart-wrenching portrayal of one veteran's trials points out how much training goes into preparing for war-and how little is done to teach returning soldiers how to be parents again." --"People""Magazine"
"A stirring, inspiring celebration of heroism in its many incarnations." --"Family Circle" on "Home Front"

"Hannah's best work yet." --"Seattle Times" on "Home Front"

By reversing traditional expectations, Hannah ("Night Road") calls attention to the modern female soldier and offers a compassionate, poignant look at the impact of war on family. "Publishers Weekly on Home Front"

"Home Front's" heart-wrenching portrayal of one veteran's trials points out how much training goes into preparing for war and how little is done to teach returning soldiers how to be parents again. "People Magazine"

A stirring, inspiring celebration of heroism in its many incarnations. "Family Circle on Home Front"

Hannah's best work yet. "Seattle Times on Home Front"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

KRISTIN HANNAH is the "New York Times "bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including "Firefly Lane "and "Night Road." A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2014
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This is the follow on to Firefly Lane, a book which I really enjoyed and I am pleased to say that I enjoyed Fly Away just as much. It is a lot more sombre all round than Firefly Lane, being the story of Kate's family and her best friend Tully following her death, and how they cope or do not cope with the grieving process. After all, Kate was the glue that held them together and Tully and Marah in particular find it near on impossible to move forward.

The story starts in 2010 four years after Kate's death, but also moves back in time to show what has happened in the intervening years. We also meet Cloud again, Tully's mother, and finally we learn about her and what shaped her into the person she became. This was really good reading which I thoroughly enjoyed.

It is a very moving story, at times I had a few tears in my eye and, like the author's other books, is extremely readable with excellent characters that you can really relate to and care for. It was almost like meeting old friends again. As I said before, it is a more sombre read with a lot of heartache to be worked through and there is plenty of drama still to come in everyone's lives. A really good read - not the happiest of books certainly, it is very sad indeed, but one that will make you think about your relationships with your own loved ones, and appreciate what you have.
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I started reading this a week after giving birth to my daughter, during long feeding sessions - as I had read Firefly Lane whilst pregnant and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Fly Away. However, I got to around page 50 and the book was so bleak and depressing I had to stop there and start another book that was more uplifting.

I gave it another chance a couple of months later when the sleepless nights eased off, and I've just finished it. It was still a little depressing to be honest - I can see that the author tries to inject an air of nostalgia in the book, but actually ends up injecting too much sadness into the lives of these characters. That said, the characters are well formed and you can relate to them, they are very believable.

As someone else has commented, there is far too much repetition of the first book, Firefly Lane, which I felt was unnecessary. The other thing that is really annoying in this second book is that the author flits back and forth from one era to another without much cohesion; this does make it a bit frustrating at times as you're not always entirely sure what point in time the characters are at.

Overall, this isn't a bad book, and I would read more by this author as she is very talented without a doubt, but it's not as good as Firefly Lane. If you want a tear jerker, then maybe give it a go... on the other hand if you want a cheery book of pure escapism, this isn't for you!
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I loved the prequel, Firefly Lane, and looked forward to this with anticipation. Sadly it really isn't so good. If you enjoyed Firefly Lane you'll probably enjoy re-acquainting yourself with some of the characters, but it's still a disappointing conclusion to a story that perhaps didn't really need one.
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Having loved Firefly Lane I was looking forward to reading the follow up "Fly Away", but was left feeling depressed. It was never going to have a happy start, with Kate having died of cancer at the end of the first book, however, every single character in "Fly Away" is extremely troubled and has a sometimes disturbing past.

I appreciate that in order to find out why key characters, such as Cloud, (Tully's mum) behave as they do you need to know the background. But for me personally I felt the book had too many sad stories, and I was left feeling miserable having read the book.

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This was a very moving book which picks up on the sad ending of Firefly Lane. I would not have appreciated or enjoyed the aim of the book witout having read the full story behind the first book. 'Fly Away' serves as 'wake-up' call to women about breast cancer and most particularly the aggressive sort which is without the well known 'danger' signals.
This does not detract from the continuing story. I thoroughly enjoyed both.
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A sequel to "Firefly Lane" by Kristin Hannah. This is a tougher read in some ways, focussing on bereavement. I could hardly bear to finish the first novel, which is very sad in the last third of the novel, so i was pleased to find the sequel immediately. Perhaps the author could not quite let go of these characters either. It is also a novel about the pain which parents hand on to their children and how important it is to face the past. Above all, it is a story of a friendship.
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If you've read Firefly Lane then you must read this. It takes over where the other book leaves off but you could read them independently. If you've not read Firefly Lane I'd suggest you do. Really good reads...but have the tissues ready.
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The sequel to Firefly Lane/Girls and so much better.
The first book felt like a very enjoyable but rip off of Beaches, and not quite as good - however this book was brilliant, I couldn't put it down, I spent two days solidly reading it, mostly weeping!
It was so emotional and rewarding, brilliant book - and that rare thing where the sequel outshines the original.
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