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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60,092 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristin Hannah Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781423325055
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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 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 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebeca | 2/16/2014

    " Every mother, daughter, sister and friend should read this book. Kristin Hannah does an amazing job of taking you on a journey through time with KateandTully. This books shows the value of true friendship that withstands time, turbulence, and all of life's ups and downs. Enjoy and make sure to keep plenty of tissue on hand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/14/2014

    " This is my second read through of this book...Getting ready for the next book :) I love Kristin Hannah's books and this was no exception, even the second time around! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Janotti | 2/13/2014

    " I'm not sure I like Kristin Hannah's stories, I feel like they are a little far fetched the ones I read. This book took me awhile to read I couldn't get into it and I probably won't read anymore of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole Barocio | 2/7/2014

    " wow. a truly relatable story about the ups and downs of friendship as life intervenes introducing challenges to maintaining the bond from childhood. the novel paints a very clear picture on the life of a stay at home mom and an aggressive career woman...the trade-offs, the advantages and the heartbreak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish Crawford | 2/5/2014

    " I never review books. But this one I had to. A great read & very touching story. I'll definitely be sharing this with friends. "

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

    " Really good. Bit of a tearjerker at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Layus | 1/29/2014

    " Great book....love TullyandKate.......sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Oliver clinard | 1/23/2014

    " It was ok. Some filler back story could be removed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Prosperi | 1/21/2014

    " Loved this book and so happy she came out with a follow up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna Johnson | 1/20/2014

    " This novel definitely tugs at the ol' heart strings. I laughed and I cried. This book made me sad, in the happiest way. It's a story of friendship, family, and love...all the most important things. A must read. Be prepared to laugh out loud, and make sure you've got some tissues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Cupp | 1/8/2014

    " Such a good read. Great author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Winters | 12/30/2013

    " Wonderful story about 2 lifelong best friends! Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 12/13/2013

    " A very enjoyable easy read. Growing up in pretty much the same time frame as this story, the references to songs, styles, etc brought on a little trip of my own down memory lane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Graham | 11/11/2013

    " I loved this novel. It captured me from the first page.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 11/6/2013

    " I liked the premise of this book, but thought it dragged on. I got bored by it. The same story could have been told with 100 less pages. I gave it 3 stars because I liked the characters and the ending was very well written and made me extremely emotional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizabeth Bradley | 9/25/2013

    " Heart breaking, emotional, gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keirra Crocker | 8/18/2013

    " Amazing book... still crying over it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne Kelley facials-waxing | 5/24/2013

    " It was a nice trip down memory lane. The music clothes and history references were fun. The Tully charector was a bit much.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia Dorfman | 4/5/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't put the book down at times. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between the two best friends "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann-Marie Abbott | 3/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this book - easy read. Liked how the author incorporated the music of the 70's 80's and 90's very effectively into the story... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda O'bryan | 2/23/2013

    " One of my absolute favorite "friend" books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Robinson | 12/15/2012

    " This was cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosyjohanna | 6/12/2012

    " good but SO sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 2/17/2012

    " I enjoyed this exploration of the lifelong friendship of two friends - an interesting read right after She Matters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmela Leonino weirtz | 1/5/2012

    " I cried, I laughed. I really liked the book. I really related to both main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Clement | 11/28/2011

    " Wow. What an amazing heart felt book. Hope to share it one day with my daughter. Truly brilliant :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 9/16/2011

    " Was looking for a cheesy read...this turned out to be not so cheesy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilly | 5/23/2011

    " One of my favorites probably b/c it reminds me of myself and one of my oldest friends...a true story of friendship "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 5/22/2011

    " Not a great novel, but a great beach/vacation (or home with flu in my case) read. Another tale of the power of female friendship. My expectations were low when mom handed off to me without much fanfare. I quickly found myself engrossed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/22/2011

    " Loved this book. Get a box of tissues to keep by the book when you are reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 5/15/2011

    " I always pick up Kristin Hannah books when I need an easy read. This is a story about 2 best friends and the challenges their friendship took along the way "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 5/15/2011

    " I generally liked this book, but it definitely dragged some about 3/4 of the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/15/2011

    " This book captures true friendship. I couldn't put it down and cried through the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 5/15/2011

    " This book was amazing. I loved how it showed so much of a friendship between two girls as they grew older and their lives changed. I can't wait to read more Kristin Hannah books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/13/2011

    " This book was okay up until the very sad ending. Spoiler -- the end causes many tears to fall - especially for mothers that have lost friends to cancer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie | 5/12/2011

    " i am enjoying it and can't wait to see how the friendship continues "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/12/2011

    " enjoyed this story of two friends over the years.good vacation book..easy to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Imene | 5/10/2011

    " Two stars only because I read it to the end. It was so full of cliche! I wanted to slap the characters maybe a hundred times. Totally not worth the time..or money if you buy it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 5/10/2011

    " Loved the storyline in this one from Kristin Hannah ~ Brought me back to my "growing up days" in the 80's the things the girls did, liked, wore, the music etc ... Loved this one! "

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About the Author
Author Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of On Mystic Lake, Angel Falls, Distant Shores, Between Sisters, and The Things We Do For Love. Born in Southern California, she lives with her husband and son in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.