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 Laneis a story you'll never forget . . . one you'll want to pass on to your best friend.
Great book. I could relate to the friendship between two best friends and their escapades. I have a best friend from 1975 and even though we live thousands of miles from each other, we pick up our conversations with each other as if we spoke yesterday. We will be BBF.55
This was the best story of friendship, so truthfully told. I felt as if I were right there. Couldn’t put it down.55
Loved this book. I wish I could have had a true friendship like Kate & Tully’s.55
So much emotion packed in this book. I laughed and cried during this amazing story. Kristen has a way of making you feel as though your a part of the story. Definitely a must read. Get comfy and grab your tissues, you won’t be disappointed.55
Reminded me of Beaches.35
A fantastic book! This book is about two (2) girls that meet, become unlikely friends and how this relationship lasts for decades! I laughed I cried and then cried! It has become one of my favorite books of all time! A MUSt read! Linda N55
I love Kristen Hannah’s writing. This book was so touching and real. It will be a favorite of mine always.55
Way too wordy and drawn out. Would have been more impactful if about 200 pages shorter. Also, the story line felt like a Beaches copycat. Two best friends - one ego centric, unbalanced upbringing, stardom focused; the other goody-two shoes. Lifelong friends through good and bad, then the good one gets cancer and dies. The other must make sure the daughter remembers everything.35
I read this book when it first came out and wrote a scathing review then. Thought I would give it another shot since the Netflix series wasn’t half bad. I actually boycotted Kristen Hannah after reading this painful book because it was so full of terrible editing errors and blatant factual errors and now I remember why. How this author became a bestseller is beyond me. The premise is good but someone else should do the writing. The dialogue is so jerky it’s impossible to believe. This is not writing, it’s a series of sentences that try to make a story. No flow, no well written exchanges and certainly unbelievable characters. I could not finish it the second time around and have lost faith in today’s readers’ discernment. If this is good popular fiction then our standards are so impossibly low it’s obvious that the 280 character social media post has killed decent writing. Such a disappointment that this is the bar others aspire to. Waste of time and money, even if the only goal is to find out how the television series ends. Awful then, awful now.15
This book is amazing! It was such an easy read that I found it hard to put down.55