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 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 mainstay of their lives. For 30 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.
©2008 Kristin Hannah; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Susan Ericksen gives an outstanding performance of the thirty-year friendship between Kate Mularkey and Tully Hart." (AudioFile)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Tully and Katie are best friends from teen years through adulthood. This is an easy listen, you can multi-talk without missing much. The story and characters are predictable and tedious.
Only listened to this because a great friend asked me to read the book and discuss. I detest this type of writing and could barely make it through. It was easier to listen than muddle through the actual book.
Hesitate to write this because lovers of this genre will click the "no" button numerous times, but just felt the need to share my opinion. My expectations were low and this was worse than I imagined.
I enjoyed the childhood stories and development of the friendship. By the end, I was a little tired of the whole thing. I did not like the narrator, her voice was too old for the story.
this book is a Beaches rip-off. Vivacious girl befriends mousy brunette girl, shared man, lifetime friendship, jealousy, arguments, illness. Seriously.....just read/watch Beaches. It's not actually bad--just predictable and done before. How can she write this in good conscience?
I enjoyed the book, but didn't love it. Consider this a good bargain book but not worth full price!
I LOVED this book! The song references took me back to junior high and high school and the lifelong friendship between the girls echoed the longevity and depth of one of my own. The book is great and the narration is superb. You won't be sorry -- keep the tissues handy.
This is the second of Kristin Hannah's book I've listened to on audio. I really enjoyed these characters and the book was never dull, I was shocked at how it ended, I had no clue. I really am starting to enjoy this author and have just downloaded another selection!
Caught my attention from the very beginning and I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator really adds to the story and tells it wonderfully.
Although the book was well written, it was much too long. There was not enough substance to warrant 17 hrs. of listening. I probably will not read this author again. I love long books but they must be more comprehensive. The narrator was superb however. I'll look for her again. This is my first review, and I felt the book needed comment.
This audio book should have been about 1/3 the length. Although the story is OK, it just dragged on so long the reader gets tired of the characters.
I wouldn't recommend it for a long car drive, as it may put you to sleep.
IMHO it's a book by a woman about two women read by a woman (and in my case, listened to by a woman) and probably enjoyed most by women. Whether or not you ever had a best friend, Kate becomes your friend and she teaches you a lot about friendship and what it takes. Tully is that part of many of us who is wounded and builds a life around her strengths without recognizing her vulnerabilities and her impact on others. Other than the story of friendships, the book has an important message about inflammatory breast cancer, signs, symptoms, and need to act and notice. It's a wonderful book and I thank Kristin Hannah for givng so much of herself. It made me cry and laugh and think.
"Anyone for seriously good cake?"
If you're about to read this book, get ready for one of the most sentimental, girly (and long) reads of your life! Get ready to plunge into a hot-tub of Americanness, and find a long, cool glass of all that's best about being a woman right at your elbow.
Actually, if I had to liken this book to just one thing, it would have to be a slice of extremely good chocolate fudge cake.
This has to be one of the sweetest, schmolziest books I?ve read in a long time, but it is totally morish, and I could no more have not finished it than I could leave a half-eaten slice of said cake (and I am a huge chocolate cake fan!). But don?t misinterpret me here - this book is in no way frothy or insubstantial. It might have all the irresistable gooey topping of the best chick lit, but it's rich and sumptuous too, with a whole lot of 'woman-complexity' hidden in it, not to mention the nourishing substance of a really good story.
As an avid consumer of audio books, I'd also have to credit the remarkable Susan Ericksen for her quality hot-fudge-sauce of a narration. She is a superb reader anyway, but she surpassed herself in this one, by managing to sustain two distinct 'voices' for the two main protagonists all the way through the book ... no clumsy accent or pitch differentiations, just a subtle difference in tone and intensity which kept you absolutely clear who was who all the way through.
I have rarely cried so much in one book (here the fudge cake analogy begins to fail a little!), and I have been obliged, as I so often am by sentimental
American novels, to reaffirm what really matters in my life. Now you can?t ask more than that from a decent piece of fudge cake, can you!
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