Saturday, February 02, 2008

Firefly Lane

Kristin Hannah's latest novel, Firefly Lane, will tug at your heart if you remember the seventies and eighties. If you remember big hair and the music of those years, check it out. If you have girlfriends or sisters that you love, Firefly Lane will touch you. And, if you have loved someone, or lost someone, prepare to break out the tissues. Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane is a moving story of friendship and love. I enjoyed On Mystic Lake. I loved Firefly Lane.

Tully Hart felt abandoned as a child. Although she lived with her grandmother, her mother drifted in and out of her life. Tully always craved the love she never had.

Kate Mularkey had a loving family, but she was a lonely eighth grader, growing up on Firefly Lane. It didn't help when the "coolest-looking girl in the world" moved in across the street. It did help when Tully and Kate, two lost girls, became friends. Kate's family took Tully in, and "TullyandKate" swore to be best friends forever.

The two best friends went to college together, and always seemed to follow a path Tully charted. Kate seemed to be run over by Tully's personality. Tully was the drama queen, determined to be a famous television reporter. She wanted everything in life, and expected the world to revolve around her. At times, Kate seemed to be a shadow of Tully, following her into broadcasting, falling in love with a man who had eyes for Tully. One phrase seemed to sum up Kate, "standing alone, surrounded by word ghosts, things she could have said."

It's friendship that keeps them together through Tully's fame, Kate's family, and over thirty years. The two friends charted different paths, but the "best friends forever" were there for each other.

I read Kristin Hannah's comments about favorite characters in her books, and she mentioned Tully Hart. I'll be interviewing Kristin soon, and I'm going to ask about that. At times, I wanted to shake Tully. At other times, I wanted to hug her. I felt as if she took advantage of Kate because Tully's mother had damaged her beyond repair. Tully is an extremely needy character, who always wanted more.

Hannah brings this friendship, and its history, vividly to life. It's easy to imagine Kate and Tully as living people. The music, hairstyles, casual references to celebrities and events, moves the story through the seventies, eighties and nineties. It's an emotional story because it seems to be alive.

There is a poignant ending, and an issue that seems very personal to Kristin Hannah, but to reveal that is to spoil the storyline. Just prepare to enjoy the friendship between two girls, growing into women, and celebrate the lives they lived in the pages of Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane.

Kristin Hannah's website is Check out the website for her Best Friends Contest. She also has a contest to give away signed copies of Firefly Lane, if you sign up for her newsletter. There's a new blog, which will be interesting to any Kristin Hannah fans. Check out the dates for her tour for Firefly Lane, with a publication date of Feb. 5.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. St. Martin's Press, ©2008. ISBN 978-0312364083 (hardcover), 496p.


Kay said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one. I have read a couple of Kristin Hannah's books and have enjoyed them. This one sounds like a winner.

Lesa said...

There were mixed reviews on Library Thing, Kay, but I think some of those readers didn't know what to expect. I enjoy women's fiction, and I loved this one.

Les said...

I love books about women's friendships. I've heard good things about this one and will definitely have to add it to my TBR list. Might be just the perfect birthday gift for my best friend! Thanks for the great review, Lesa.

Lesa said...

And, I want to know which woman you preferred after you read it, Les. It's a terrfic women's friendship book.