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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Mountain Between Us comes a powerful story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death....

"Never settle for less than the truth," she told him.

On a stifling summer day, an old Chevy Impala ignored the warning signals and was annihilated by the oncoming train. What no one realized until much later was that the driver had paused just before entering the tracks and kicked a small boy out of the car. A small boy with broken glasses who is clutching a notebook with all his might...but who never speaks.

Chase Walker was one of the lucky ones. He was in foster care as a child, but he finally ended up with a family who loved him and cared for him. Now, as a journalist for the local paper, he's moved on and put the past behind him.

But when he's assigned the story of this young boy, painful, haunting questions about his own childhood begin to rise to the surface.

And as Chase Walker discovers, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive - and as magical - as chasing fireflies on a summer night.

"Martin understands the power of story and he uses it to alter the souls and lives of both his characters and his readers...." (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling author)

  • Stand-alone novel
  • Book length: 100,000 words
  • Also by Charles Martin: The Water Keeper, Send Down the Rain, Long Way Gone, and When Crickets Cry
  • Includes insights from the author and discussion questions for book clubs
©2008 Charles Martin (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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A Minority Opinion

Clearly most people love this book. I, however, hated it. Allow a minority opinion to provide a fuller picture for prospective readers. If you are of an age, you will remember Hallmark cards ( when you care enough to send the very best). They generally had gauzy images with heartfelt adages. Now imagine reading several thousand in sequence. Presto - Chasing Fireflies. By the time I was halfway through I was a marathon runner at mile 22, slogging through the pain and waiting to it to end

It is just so trite. You have your three good guys: stoic guy, heroic guy, and tragic gal. All dripping with love. You have your two victims: abused kid and long suffering hero clearly protecting someone with his silence. Finally you have your villains: stupid and in jail and smart and rich. Both very slimy. You can cue the villain music when they appear. Is there any doubt what happened? Of course not. Any doubt about the outcome? As if. And the never ending cutesy aphorisms that make no sense when you stop to think about them. Gag me.

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Great book!!

I have over 800 books in my audible library and have my top 5 and this book just moved up to #1. I loved the story, the author always does a great job and the narration was superb. I think I cried the last 30 minutes once going into the ugly cry. Excellent book and I wish I had had an Uncle Willie in my life. Another winner by Charles Martin.

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Wonderful STORY!

I get to listen to great writing, rich characters and novel settings quite often. But, rarely do I come across a wonderful STORY! You will thoroughly enjoy this, if you’ve any heart left in our increasingly jaded existence!

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Fantastic listen

As with all of Charles Martin's books, this is just wonderful. I laughed. I cried. It was just wonderful and ditto for the narrator. One can't go wrong with this man's books.

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I loved this book!

I loved this story. It started off a bit slow, but the author pulled me in and really made me care about the characters. There’s a sweetness here that I haven’t often seen. The good guys aren’t super heroes or bad boys doing nice things. They’re good. They love God and they’re not ashamed of it. They live well but are not holier than thou. This isn’t a ‘religious’ book, but God is certainly present.

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Excellent

Ok I kept starting chapters over Because didn’t want it to end!!!!

Bravo to Charles Martin and Adam Verner as narrator. Excellent job. The story line is again touching and outcomes good even with some tearful moments. How long until your next Charles Martin 💙

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Love

This is my third book by Charles Martin. I have loved all three. Honestly the Narrator I love too. I am a displaced Southern girl. His soft southern voice is like a warm blanket. The redemptive turns in this book really make me feel good too. There are some hard to know subjects but the end of the story helps. Life is like that sometimes have to take the bad and learn from it. Love this author so much .

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Wonderful story

The book was a realistic journey about a family’s love and dis function. I am always amazed at how people get through abuse and diversity but can still have hope and love.

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Another great book by Charles Martin.



Loved the story , especially as he tied things up at the end. Bravo!

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Could not put it down

Excellent book! The narrator has such a soothing voice, I didn't want it to end.

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