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
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.
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 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.
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 don't think so;
No, I believe this narrator was WAY over the top....slow and melodramatic
I did not realize that this was a sequel to Firefly Lane until I began listening to this book. I loved Firefly Lane - I felt as though I knew the characters personally - that's how well written it is. There was a range of emotions that enveloped me as I read, and it is one of those books that I didn't want to end. I was so excited as I began to read Fly Away when I realized that it was a continuation of Firefly Lane. The sequel is as good as the first book - again, I was totally immersed with the characters, and it never dragged. It is a heartwrenching story, but it is also completely believable. I'm so glad I decided to purchase this book. I am at peace with the manner in which the story ends (even though I still want to follow the characters and see what happens to them in the future)! Such a wonderful audiobook, and Susan Ericksen has no competitors when it comes to reading an audiobook. She did another outstanding job.
I fell in love with FireFly Lane, so this book was exactly what I was hoping for. It was a nice closure to everything that was left hanging in the first one. I cried like a baby for about 80% of it, but it was because it was very good. My only negative comment is that some of the transitions from one character to another weren't very clear. I would have to back up the story a minute or so once I understood they had changed characters, so I could refocus.
I always consider the audio version best
I thought it was very sad and would probably not have listened all the way through if I hadn't read the previous book - Firefly Lane. I did cry a few times.
I have a best friend like Katie. We both read both of the books. It spoke to us because of our friendship but I wouldn't want it to end like that. Luckily her name begins with K and she has a husband named John and they have 2 boys and a girl. I guess I get to be the one that lives!!
Yes! It was that good!
When Tully was in the hospital and she "saw" Kate again.
Everything. She had the perfect voice for this story.
It's hard to just name one. I liked each and every character in this story.
This book made me realize that you shouldn't judge people for their actions. You never know what struggles someone may be going through.
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