Firefly Lane: A Novel by Kristin HannahFirefly Lane: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane: A Novel

byKristin Hannah

Paperback | January 6, 2009

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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 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.

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Night Road, True Colors, and Winter Garden. She was born in Southern California and moved to Western Washington when she was eight. A former lawyer, Hannah started writing when she was pregnant and on bed rest for five months. Writing soon became an obsession, ...
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Title:Firefly Lane: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:528 pages, 8.31 × 5.59 × 1.45 inShipping dimensions:8.31 × 5.59 × 1.45 inPublished:January 6, 2009Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312537077

ISBN - 13:9780312537074

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book It was the first one I read of hers and I found myself crying at the end (crying in a good way). Her characters moved me and I became a life long fan. I never miss one of her books
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read The book is really interesting.I would recommend it!
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1st Read...only wish had started sooner Cant get enough of Kristian Hannah's work! Each book is just better than the previous one! A beautiful creative and truly gifted author
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFUL!!! A truly beautiful read! Be prepared for your emotions to get the best of you! Inspiring and heart pulling!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book The author did such an amazing job at portraying her characters and bring the reader into her book. This is the first of her books that I have read, but shortly after starting this one, I have already purchased 2 more of her books. Cannot wait to be emerged into another one of her books.Thank you! Excellent work.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Late to the Game I'm late to the Kristin Hannah game but am very grateful to have found her. I have read many of her books now and this is by far one of my favourites. Definitely a tear jerker, so be prepared!
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely! Another great book by Kristin! Very touching story and great storyline! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a lovely book I absolutely loved this book. Bring your Kleenex for the last 50 pages!
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Each and every book that I have read by Kristin, I have fallen in love with! The way she tells the story in just enough detail really lets you make your own vision, and just in general the storyline is always captivating!
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from lost in the slow lane I think she needed to take the fireflies out into the street.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fluffy read Not worth reading. Did not enjoy
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love I loved this book so much. It's a great story and a quick read.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Had a hard time putting down the book
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! I loved everything about this book. I love the story of a young friendship that grows with time and how it changes when these young ladies grow up. It made me laugh and cry and the story stuck with me long after I finished the book. I have recommended this book to everyone I know!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I love Kristin Hannah's books. This one is no exception. The friendship of Kate and Tully...such a strong and emotional story. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book!!! Well written, very good storyline, tearjerker, happy.....very good read!!!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving This story takes you through the life of two best friends. You can definitely identify yourself with one of the two. This story is touching and will definitely make you feel nostalgic for your childhood.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read 4 Show more Review This was such a good book. This is my second books that I read from Kristin Hannah. This beautiful story of friendship took me through such an emotional roller coaster ride from happiness to sadness. It is such a touching story of two friends who go through everything life throws at them. Friendship is deep and meaningful in this story. I laughed and cried reading this story. Really good read. Prepare for some good times reading this book. The ending made me a little sad but also happy.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I really enjoyed this book. I balled through the last few chapters. Cant wait to read the second book!!
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written What an sweet story to take you on an emotional rollercoaster - you've been warned. Multiple times I wanted to leap through the pages and hug Kate, throttle Tully, and slap sense into both of them. Firefly Lane describes the ups and downs of a beautiful yet complicated friendship and the relationships around it. I wept for the last few chapters, no exaggeration.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this!! Loved loved loved this story and have loved everything I have read to date from Kristin Hannah! A lovely tale of two very different women that will draw you in just as I was drawn in from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read This book is definitely a trip down memory lane is you were born in the seventies/eighties. The book slows down a little towards the middle but not for very long. I couldn't read fast enough to find out what happens next. It shows the true ups and downs of true and lasting friendship.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Brought me back...very nostalgic
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my all time favourite! This is a true book of friendship. The ups, the downs and the unconditional love that can be shared between two human beings. It is a must must read, for a book club or to pass along to your best friend.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An all time fave. Loved this book soo much. Highly recommend it. Its a book I would read again, many times.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book! I could not put this book down. Loved the storyline
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Friendship over the decades. 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.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book about frieships 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.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read 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.
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! I could not put this book down. It took a complete twist and I did not expect all that happened! Totally recommend!
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome story! 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!
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly Lane 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.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly Lane Loved this story. Real, heart warming, and a rollercoaster of emotions. Beautifully written. Loved this book.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly Lane One of the best books I've read in a long time! A touching story of best friends through the years. Excellent!
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Firefly Lane Good read. Reminiscent of Beaches.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend 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.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly lane One of the best books I have read in a long time. It shows the importance of friendship, family and love.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly lane 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.
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly lane 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.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly lane 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.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read...A Real Tear Jerker 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.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read...A Real Tear Jerker 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.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read...A Real Tear Jerker Loved it, can't waith to read Fly Away
Date published: 2013-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Firefly lane 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.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly lane This was written so well that it seemed like the characters were real people. Definitely teared up at the end
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firefly lane 5 stars was great
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Have the tissues ready This was the first book that I read by Kristen Hannah, and I loved it. I related to the characters, enjoyed the storyline (though far fetched at some points) and bawled my eyes out during many points of this book. If you are looking for a book that tugs at the heart strings and makes you want to call your best friend and tell them how much you love them - this is the book for you. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book! ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** As I’ve mentioned before, I love Kristin Hannah. Firefly Lane was the second novel that I read by Hannah and it was just as amazing as my first read. Firefly Lane starts in 1974 and is about Kate Mularkey—the country girl—who lives on Firefly Lane. Tully Hart—the hippie—moves in across the street and the two immediately become friends. Kate has what Tully wants—a family, a mother who loves her, food on the table. Tully’s mother, throughout the novel, is a consistent disappointment to Tully. Throughout the novel, Kate wants to make a difference. She wants true love and children. Tully is ready to prove her worth, ultimately working in TV. While their lives might go in separate directions, they always end up back together. Firefly Lane spans the 70s, 80s, and 90s, so there are numerous pop references to mark the day, but they’re not thrown in haphazardly. Unlike other books, like the House of Night series, these references only add to the overall mood of the book. A story of undying friendship, laughter and tears, falling outs, and forgiveness. Be prepared to get emotional, but if you’ve ever had a 20+ year friendship, that’s only par for the course. Kristin Hannah can weave a great story and Firefly Lane is no exception. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Predictable and Clichéed How many 40 year old women do you know who constantly remind each other that they are "best friends forever"? None. This story begins with two teenage girls who begin an unlikely friendship by sharing their mutual lack of confidence and their self-esteem issues. Yes, when you're 14, perhaps you often remind each other that you are BFFs and that you are a dynamic duo. Unfortunately, in Firefly Lane, the teenage friendship between Tully and Kate doesn't seem to evolve into adulthood. I've been friends with someone since the age of three. Now, almost 30, we never find ourselves proclaiming our love for each other every time we see one another and confirming that one another that we are BFFs. The story line is very predictable and choc full of clichés - to put it bluntly, it is cheesy. I do not recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Fell in love with the characters and then cried my eyes out. What a great story.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Friend relationships Wow what a book. I agree with other reviews for this book. Wasn't sure how the story was going to be, but once you started reading, you couldn't put it down and needed a kleenex around. Never cried so much. But what a beautiful story about two best friends. One of the best stories on 'best friend relationships' I have read.
Date published: 2011-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! I must say I didn't expect much from this book and I'm happy to say I was wrong. From the moment I picked this up I was hooked. Her ability to weave the story and characters is simply breathtaking. No matter what stage of life you are in, you will associate to Tully and Kate. What a fantastic read! Thank you Kristen Hannah
Date published: 2010-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best! By far one of the best written works for 40-50 yr old women as it touches on where we were 'back then". References to music and styles were nothing compared to the wonderful writing of Hannah's characters!. I laughed, I cried and I would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heart touching.... i loved this book..bought it not knowing what to expect..started off slow but well worth it to keep going..not many books can get your emotions into them...the only one i can remember is flowers in the attic by VC Andrews..this one made me cry....so real..gave it to all my co-workers to read and they all loved it no matter what age...a must read...
Date published: 2009-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amesome Read for Girlfriends! This book was recommended to me by a friend and I have to say, I completely fell in love with it. It is definately not a light read, it has some powerful stuff inside, and definately deals with matters of sadness (without giving anything away). You will definately cry while reading this book, but I do recommend anyone who is intererested to grab a copy, It is definately a classic book about the power of friendship! =)
Date published: 2009-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is to Friendship what "The Lovely Bones" is to Family Late winter put me into a reading rut and I chose this book based on the cover. I'll admit it. I walked down my store's fiction wall with my eyes focused on color and pictures. BOY AM I GLAD I DID! Firefly Lane, simply, is the story of Tully and Kate. Kate is the product of a typical family and the girl that most at her school over look. Tully is her exact opposite -- popular, cool and always the center of attention. What no one sees in Tully is a damaged home life that forever damages/alters her self confidence. Through the novel "Firefly Lane" we learn more about Tully and Kate, their unlikely friendship, and their lives as they continue to intertwine through the 70's, 80's, 90's and into the present. "Firefly Lane" does for Friendship what "The Lovely Bones" (Alice Seabold) did for the Family relationship -- You see the relationships grown and change; you witness both the good and the bad.
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exceptional Story. Originally, I chose this book as a light read after reading two fairly in depth novels. So I was not sure how I would like it, even when I was into the first few pages. Although, as the story progressed I fell in love with it! It is a very powerful story of two girls, Tully and Kate, who meet in their tumultuous teen years. They come from two entirely different backgrounds, growing to become best of friends, and ultimately leading two entirely different lives. This story goes through the 70's up until the new millennium, and truly demonstrates the essence of true friendship. Its both hilarious and sad; really showing love, loss, promises, betrayal, loyalty, and ultimately the importance of relationships. I recommend this book, it will have you laughing and crying up until the very last page!
Date published: 2009-03-12

Bookclub Guide

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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