Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane

Book - 2008
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"To the two people around them they were known as KateandTully or the Firefly Lane Girls. A single, inseparable unit. Best friends forever. On the surface they were as opposite as two people could be. Yet they are best friends who swear they'll be there for each other, and for thirty years that promise holds strong - until events and choices in their lives make that promise impossible."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 479 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780312364083
0312364083
Branch Call Number: Hann
Additional Contributors: Hannah, Kristin. Firefly lane

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azkoyot
Jul 02, 2021

I actually cried when I reached the end. It brought back memories of the late 60"s and 70's. Great!! Read!!

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Catlady10
Jun 28, 2021

Great fun girlfriend type book. Would highly recommend for vacation, cruises etc. I am looking forward to Kristin Hannah future novels. I enjoy her books.

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bconnor207
May 20, 2021

Overall a good book. My wife and daughter were surprised I was even reading the book because it is geared towards women, but whatever, if a book is well written, well-constructed and engaging, then it's a good book to read. I felt the dialogue dragged at times , but in the end, although sad in its content, I would say it is worth the read - especially for women :-)

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darladoodles
May 14, 2021

Rounding up from 4.5 for this tale of a decades-long friendship between two women. I loved that it started in the 70's and the use of music to frame each decade. Is it the hippocampus that stores those music cues? I forget. Whatever part of the brain, it is, those song can take you right back to a place and time. Kate and Tully become friends at the age of fourteen. It is 1974. They live across from each other on Firefly Lane. Of the two women, I most identified with Kate. Have not read all of Hannah's books yet, but this is one of my favorites along with 'The Nightingale.' Looking forward to reading the second book in the Firefly Lane series and catching the series on Netflix.

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cdschmidt
Apr 29, 2021

Kristen Hannah is one of my favorite authors. This was a good read. The Netflix series doesn't do the book justice, though.

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DianneN
Apr 26, 2021

This is one of the best books I have read. If you grew up in the 70s in the Pacific NW you will find the details are incredible. For women the details of a life from when you where born to 2003 this book will take you on a journey of two women who manage to be in each other's lives for over 30 years ( which is somewhat unheard of these days ) and how wonderful that can be if you struggle through it..

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phyllis94941
Apr 13, 2021

Thanks to Book Club Cookbook and St. Martin's Griffin for a gifted copy. All comments and opinions are my own.

This was my first Kristin Hannah novel. It took me a little over 170 pages before I actually wanted to keep reading instead of feeling it was a duty to find out what everyone was raving about. This is the story of two friends who meet in 1974 when in middle school, and remain "best friends forever" for the next 30 years. I had read nearly half the novel before I began to care about these characters. Now that I've finished it, I'm still not sure how much I actually liked the book and if I would recommend it.

Themes of friendship and families, loyalty and trust are portrayed against the music, clothes, hairstyles, and culture of the 1970s and 1980s. The two girls are very different in personality and background, yet come to depend on each other for support like only best friends can. An additional theme that was repeatedly pondered by the characters was career vs. stay-at-home motherhood. I liked that the author didn't preach about this, and left the debate open-ended.

By the end of the novel I was sobbing - both because of the plot as well as because Tully and Kate's relationship reminded me of my own long-term friendship that started in high school, continued for decades and is now sadly lukewarm.

To sum it up, this is a novel of mothers and daughters, laughter and tears, love and loyalty, and the kind of friendship that only women can provide for each other.

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donjphoto
Mar 21, 2021

This is not one of Hannah's better books. It is at its heart, an overly sentimental soap opera.

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celiawhite99
Mar 18, 2021

So good! Story of girls friendship that spans 30 Yrs, from age 14. A real page-turner!

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laphampeak
Mar 05, 2021

I like to read the book before the movie. Hannah incorporated personal experience into her story of two friends growing up with parents of different styles, their challenges, loves, and search for personal identity. I was drawn to the main Washington state setting. This is one of her better novels.

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SpringAltman Jul 08, 2014

Katie thinks Tully is the 'coolest girl'
when she meets her, and Tully could just use a friend. So begins a lifelong
friendship that endure ups and downs of life.

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SpringAltman Jul 08, 2014

“That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart.”
― Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane

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