Thursday, March 12, 2009

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah~★★★★

Author: Kristin Hannah
Title: Firefly Lane: A Novel
Release Date: February 5th, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Fiction

Book Jacket: "In the 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 mainstay 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. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success...and loneliness.
All Kate 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 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-jealously, 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."

Taryn's Review: Firefly Lane is a great read. Tully and Kate are a duo that the reader can identify individually, yet can sympathize with each woman at the same time. Kristin Hannah is a beautiful writer and she really brought the friendship of the women to life. In a sense, you find yourself feeling as if you are Tully and Kate's third wheel along for the ride.

It isn't very often that books make me tear up, but this one did. Hannah had the characters say just the right thing to hit a nerve with the reader. The one character that had a large role in the book but Hannah neglected was Kate's husband, Johnny Ryan. I would have loved to "hear" things from his point of view, since the reader's heart thuds and speeds up with Kate's heart when she is suspicious that feelings from the past might be floating in the present.

Tully and Kate are very real characters and they did remind me of some of my own friendships. The women bicker, they disagree, and they piss each other off, but in the end they always love each other and they don't forget it. Tully and Kate will linger in your mind some time after you've read the book...and I hope you do read it.

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