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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheri Reynolds Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781598871616
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Eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her little brother, Travis, are left behind at a campground by their mother and her boyfriend, a crooked-nosed man named Goose, with little more than the firefly cloak theyd used for covers the night before.

So begins a journey that will take Tessa Lee in search of the mother she longs for. Her quest is steeped in Southern atmosphere and characters: the owner of the cheesy boardwalk show where Tessa Lee finds her mother and loses her again; the bingo-playing grandmother who holds her close; the old man who thinks the CIA is after him and boards up his house. Running throughout, like threads in a cloak, are themes of guilt, loss, and reunion.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/19/2014

    " This book was okay. The story drew me in to finish to see that she was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/17/2014

    " This is was a challenging book for me in that it was very raw. It is the story of a grandmother (Lil), her daughter (Sheila), and her daughter's daughter (Tessa Lee). The grandmother has been very stiff and rule bound in the past. The daughter rebelled and ended up participating in dysfunctional activities such as stripping and engaging in prostitution while abusing drugs. Finally, the daughter is trying to sort out her relationship with both of them, particularly because her and her brother were abandoned by her mother to her grandmother. One particular haunting scene, **Spoiler** is when Tessa Lee somehow thinks it is a good idea to get her nipple pierced. Yikes! The ending was looking toward new beginnings for the three generations. Very sad reading for me, it really brought me down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanda | 2/5/2014

    " Good book - Couldn't put it down. Quick, easy read. Sad, the crazy lives some people live. For some reason, I kept picturing the main character as a young girl, 8 or 10 years old, even though she's 16. I just couldn't get the image out of my head. Also kept picturing the story as taking place 50 or 60 years ago, even though it is supposed to be current day. I got over that by the end, but just had this concrete picture in my mind. I think I was picturing a similar scene to The Secret Life of Bees. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed the book, it's a great story told from a young girl who was abandoned by her mother as a child. I admire the grandmother who is able to open her heart and mind, push pass her prejudices and love unconditionally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Alonzo | 1/30/2014

    " Sheri Reynolds is a gifted writer. Her characters are very well-developed and the imagery is well-defined and inspiring. The dialogue is amazing. I loved the Firefly Cloak and its many symbolic references. What I didn't like is that the ending didn't sit well with me, and a few characters were pretty unlikeable. A few other characters appeared then suddenly disappeared, never to be heard from again, and that bothered me. I also wanted more resolution for the main charcter, Tessa Lee. My overall recommendation is good. The Firefly Cloak is for the character-driven type of literary novel reader who enjoys great writing, an interesting setting, and a hearfelt storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/29/2014

    " Another southern fiction novel by Sheryi Reynolds, "Firefly Cloak" takes the reader on the emotional journey of Tessa Lee....fifteen years old, abandoned by her junkie mother at a young age, along with her little brother. Tessa Lee is coming of age, and wants to know why her mother abandoned her at a campsite in nothing more than an old bathrobe covered in fireflies. Hard life lessons are learned in the process, along with heartbreaking events....really good fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 1/19/2014

    " I'd rather give this 2.5 stars - I am between thinking it was just okay and thinking I kinda liked it. I think I would have liked it more, but was a little disappointed after all the hype. I had heard from a few places that this was great - I even heard a clip of the first chapter and liked it - but I had a little trouble following the story (switches between character perspectives and points on the time line made that a little difficult). I guess it ended up seeming like the story did not really progress. There was the introduction of a few very interesting characters/story plots but there were not followed. It is almost as though this could be the introduction book to a series that explores the lives of these plots/people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/18/2014

    " Had kind of a cool feel to it, mostly due to the involvement of the girl's mother in a kind of sideshow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbi | 1/15/2014

    " This was a "take it or leave it" book for me. I didn't care one way or the other about it. It was a pretty easy to follow story about three generations of women trying to make sense of their past and present. I did enjoy the writing style and the way the author presented her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Honenberger | 1/1/2014

    " Strong characters and creative story-telling, and her always tender and insightful prose, but not her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/26/2013

    " Another great coming of age novel. Reynolds has a knack for creating stories that are unique in their family life and characters but making them seem completely plausible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mum | 12/18/2013

    " I really loved this book. It has been reviewed as a 'coming of age' novel and I agree, but not only in the way that is generally expected. More than one character and not all adolescents grow and change in this book and I loved reading it as a mother and a daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Carenen | 12/11/2013

    " Sheri Reynolds strikes again, this time with the story of an abandoned girl and her little brother, and her quest to find her mother. An array of intriguing characters and a strong story line make this an excellent read, with redemption after all the protagonist's problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/7/2013

    " Mothers and daughters and their paths to and from each other. The spare writing style suits the poignant coming of age story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Abbott | 11/18/2013

    " I loved this book and i was never bored reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larraine | 11/18/2013

    " I love the plot and the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 becky bristol | 8/3/2013

    " really enjoyed. the characters were believable wonderful and fully animated. i can still hear the voice of the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 7/19/2013

    " interesting story enhanced by a well-chosen reader "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margy | 5/30/2013

    " Even though I really liked the two main characters, Tessa Lee and Lil, it was just a bit too dark and graphic for me. Although it did end on a hopeful note that hinted at redemption. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyra | 4/22/2013

    " This book was okay. It was just really sad and a little to graphic for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilene F. | 2/28/2013

    " Wonderful, horrifying, touching, beautifully written story that is so real you can touch it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/4/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one. Wonderful story of loss, acceptance and forgiveness. The main character is Tessa Lee a young girl who is abandoned by her alcoholic mother and boyfriend at a campground along with her baby brother. It was definitely a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/3/2012

    " It took me a long time to read this because life was in session, but it is a fast, likable, easy read. Love this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 10/6/2012

    " Sheri Reynolds is a master storyteller, weaving her words in a way that draws the reader in and allows them to become more than observers. She wrote Tessa Lee in a way that took me back to my own teenage years and sat me down there, swaddled in angst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanna Cooper | 8/3/2012

    " really a beautiful story about a daughters search for her mothers love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Barillas | 6/2/2011

    " So far, I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/25/2011

    " Strong characters and creative story-telling, and her always tender and insightful prose, but not her best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 4/15/2010

    " Boring read with very unrealistic (one-dimensional) characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/20/2009

    " I listened to this on way to son's graduation on a play away. It was good and I liked it more than I thought I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 1/19/2009

    " interesting story enhanced by a well-chosen reader "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 becky | 2/6/2008

    " really enjoyed. the characters were believable wonderful and fully animated. i can still hear the voice of the main character. "

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About the Narrator

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.