by Kristin Hannah
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published February 5th 2008
by St. Martin's Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Finished Book: July 24, 2011
About the Book ~
From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .
In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. 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 new 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 bulkhead of their lives.
From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.
Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .
For thirty 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.
My thoughts on this book ~
Second book in a row about two friends, two best friends. However, this one is much more intertwined than the last. I enjoyed this one more due to the fact that their friendship is weaved into their life. They meet as young girls and stay friends their entire life. I find it interesting that two friends can indeed stay best friends there entire life without distancing themselves or making other friends they relate to better at adults. I certainly cherish my childhood friends, but we are not a part of each other's everyday lives.
I could relate to Vix the entire book. That I loved. I could sympathize with how she was feeling, all her insecurities, and hopes. The author did a good job at keeping you guessing. I thought I knew what direction the book was headed, then she sent me in a completely different direction. I loved that. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Vix and her mom, as well as Tully and Vix's mom. I really loved her strength and relationship she had with both women. The book is a reminder of the importance of friendship and love. Friendship is an amazing thing. It's not perfect, it's real emotion and from the heart.