Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane became a touchstone novel in women’s lives. Across the world, women embraced the story of Tully and Kate’s enduring friendship. They laughed with Tully and cried with Kate and anguished over Tully's fractured relationship with her mother. Now, five years later, in Fly Away, Kristin Hannah returns to the world of these unforgettable characters and asks the question...how do you hold yourself together when your world has fallen apart....
Fly Away is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other - plus a miracle - to transform their lives. An emotionally-complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.
Includes a Reading Group Guide read by Kristin Hannah.
©2013 Kristin Hannah (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Readers who haven't enjoyed the excellent book of Firefly Lane and learned to love the characters would have great difficulty sloshing through the river of depression of all of the characters in this book. Fly Away is not a stand alone book.
I was very disappointed in this audiobook. I have been doing a lot of driving and the first one made me want to keep driving. This second one was bad. I loved the focus on the main characters in the first one. This one, I really didn't care to hear all about Cloud's story at all. I don't recommend it.
Painfully maudlin: So syrupy that my teeth ached if I read for too long in one setting. Trusting the rave reviews of this book’s prequel, I didn’t fear preordering so that I could download it the first day it came out. This book does stand on its own. I got enough of this whole group of characters in this one book. I have not a single desire to read the first novel after slugging through this novel. This book starts off depressing and doesn’t stop till it gets dismal.
The first four chapters could have been summed up in a single paragraph. It doesn’t take 4 chapters to get across the sorrow of cancer survivors. Repeating and counting the depth of bereavement over and over doesn’t deepen the idea of sorry. By chapter 5 the author has beaten just how sad everyone is to the point that Moses-Tobaini’s “Hearts and Flowers” is lilting in background. Kate and Tully had thirty year friendship. I was impressed the first time you stated it. Dragging “thirty year friendship” in over and over in some kind of weird speak was pointless and irritating. Who has these type conversations? No one talks like the people in this book. Ms Hannah writing should be put on a question mark diet. At least one question follows too mnay statement in this book. Tully sees a man walking towards her. Why does he look so familiar? Tully considers speaking to him. Why does she feel the need to? Why? Why ask why when you really don't want to know why? Why?
The general story is good. I rolled my eyes and groaned aloud through the entire book because it was basically interesting and I was curious enough in the plight of the characters to drag myself to the ending. Along the way there were additional surprises, twists and turns that makes for a strong plot. It’s a clever story between the sappy sugary morose languishing of repetitive waves of insecurities and vacillation.
Such shallow writing. So many cliche sayings. Such an absolutely weak and unbelievable story.
Lack of any real writing skill.
The narrator was terrible! If I had to listen to her impersonation of a teenager saying things like "rad" or "dude" or "totally like" one more time I might have ripped my earbuds out. I lost count of how many times I groaned and rolled my eyes at the cliche sayings and her terrible impersonation of a teenagers saying them. Just comical really.
Not really. The only thing this book did for me was to make me think that I should write a novel. Seriously.....if this stuff can sell millions of copies then I should give it a try, can't possibly be worse.
Last Kristen Hannah novel for me. Should have known better.
I wanted to know how the characters that I grew to know and connect with were doing.
If you read Fly away as a stand alone book, you may have found it depressing or boring. I loved Fire Fly Lane which made Fly Away a great read for me.
The story picks up four years from where Firefly Lane ended, with more depth and insight into the characters and the reasons they are who they've become. Tully (and even Kate) are still present but it also branches into those who were minor players in the last novel, so it keeps the listener engaged.
For a sequel, it has the strength of its own story line, similar to Jennifer Weiners "Certain Girls" was to "Good in Bed".
This book is worth a credit, one of Kristin Hannah's best!
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I don't think so;
No, I believe this narrator was WAY over the top....slow and melodramatic
Because it was sent to me by a friend, I didn't realize that Fly Away continued the story of the Firefly Lane girls until I started listening. I was glad that it did. This continues the story of the decades long friendship of two very different girls and then women who first met as 8th graders in Firefly Lane.
It is a story of love and loss, grief and regret, the importance of forgiveness and of finding g your way back to those who love you.
It brings everything full circle for Tully, her mom, and Kate and her family. Read/listen to Firefly Lane first to get the full story.
I won't soon forget Tully and Kate or the people who loved them. You should meet them too.
Kristin Hannah is fast becoming one of my favorite authors and the narration brings each character to life--a winning combination.
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