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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Addison Allen Narrator: Frances Fuller Publisher: BelleBooks Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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Bright lights flicker in the dark evenings of summer. Pinpoints of hope float against the black descent of night. The sweetest of small and innocent creatures finds its way through the shadows. Fireflies seem to dance on sheer air, illuminating the space between heartbeats.

Children give off a similar brave glow, despite the challenges of their young lives. The lessons of childhood are often painful, the shedding of fragile wings in the gloam of an uncertain future. These rich novellas are small jewels reflecting the essence of what it means to grow up dancing among the shadows of life, carrying a brave, small beacon because you know that even the brightest days always, always, end in darkness.

Childhood can be so sweetly sad and sadly sweet, profound and deceptively easy to categorize, yet poignant to remember.

New York Times best-selling novelist Sarah Addison Allen (Garden Spells, Sugar Queen, The Peach Keeper) anchors The Firefly Dance with her wistful and funny novella about Louise, a North Carolina girl whose keen observations of the lives around her weaves an unforgettable spell with just a hint of everyday magic.

Phyllis Schieber's Sonya, a child of Holocaust survivors, is confronted with the responsibilities of her legacy when she has a poignant encounter with a classmate, another child of survivors, and her mother, in a local shop in their 1970's New York neighborhood.

Kathryn Magendie's Petey deals wryly with her family's move from the cool blue mountains of North Carolina to the hot flatlands of Texas.

Augusta Trobaugh's stoic Georgia girl leads us through her surreal encounter with a mysterious backwoods toddler who turns out to be anything but ordinary.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilene | 2/18/2014

    " I found this book rather disjointed. I know that it is a book of short stories but even some of the stories were disjointed. Normally when I start reading a book I find myself getting into the story and identifying with the characters. I did not feel that way with this one. I felt that a lot of the characters were glossed over and this was a book that was way too easy for me to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/18/2014

    " I only read Sarah Addison Allen's part. It's different from her other books - no magical realism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 1/24/2014

    " I mostly wanted this book to read the short story by Sarah Addison Allen and I have to say I was quite disappointed in it. Her story was completely missing that little bit of magic that makes her full length novels so charming and enjoyable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/24/2014

    " Particularly loved the Magendie story, even though I bought this book because of Sarah Addison Allen being contained. Firefly Dance was a close second :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 1/18/2014

    " I picked up this book because of Sarah Addison Allen's name. At some point I was waiting for the stories to connect between the 4 authors. They were all well written but left me wanting more. My favorite between the four was Kathryn Magendie's Petey. I was disappointed that the last was an excerpt as I felt no closure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sunny | 12/29/2013

    " A collection of short stories and not her normal Sarah Addison Allen book. This was the last book of hers that I hadn't read and I'm happy that I read it last. If I had read this book first I would have never gone on to read her other delightful books. I recommend passing on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 12/27/2013

    " I'm a lover of short stories anyhow, but the writing in this book is magical. It's easy to escape reality through these simple stories that I always find myself relating to the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dora | 12/21/2013

    " I read this book of short stories because it contained a story by Sarah Addison Allen. She did not let me down (again). Of the other stories, some were better than others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 12/21/2013

    " weird grouping of stories by different authors. couldnt get through this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Kelley | 12/20/2013

    " This is a collection of 4 stories by Phyllis Schieber, Kathryn Magendie, Augusta Trobaugh and Sarah Addison Allen. Just ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 12/18/2013

    " Nice light novella from some great writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookish♥Sarah | 12/16/2013

    " 3 stars for Sarah Addison Allen's story, but DNF for the rest (I was only able to read about half-way through each one). Each one was a bore and not what I expected. Even Sarah's was a let down compared to her other stories, unfortunately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/11/2013

    " Another short stories book that I usually don't read, but this was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lia Angelini | 10/30/2013

    " All of this woman's work is clever and fun. A pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/12/2013

    " I purchased this thinking that it was a book by Allen. But it's a collection of 4 stories and she's just the lead author. I read all of it, but I wasn't really into the other authors enough to pursue other works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cortney Maasjo | 7/12/2013

    " interesting compilation of short stories. beautiful theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Carlston Whiting | 6/5/2013

    " Allen's story is definitely worth reading...charming, uplifting without being saccharine. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teena | 5/29/2013

    " I read this one because Sarah Addison Allen was one of the writers of the book. Unfortunately, it was not what I hoped for. A couple of good stories in the collection, but as a whole, a dragged out disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly (Kailana) | 5/2/2013

    " I only read the Sarah Addison Allen novella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 2/11/2013

    " Loved Sarah's short story as well as Augusta and phyllis. I had a hard time reading it a few times, I lost interest here and there but as always Sarah's stories never disappoint "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/21/2012

    " These four short stories give us a glimpse of four different life's . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 11/13/2012

    " Honestly, I struggled to get through this collection of short stories. None of them appealed to me and I normally love SAA's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tabs | 9/17/2012

    " I only read the Sarah Addison Allen stories in this collection as short stories are not generally my cup of tea. They were nice women's-fiction-type vignettes but nothing magical like Allen's previous works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saralyn | 9/8/2012

    " I bought this book solely for the reason that Sarah Addison Allen had a story in it. While I wish that it would have been more to her story, I was not let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sappyflapjack | 8/11/2012

    " This book kept me occupied while I had nothing else to read. The end has an excerpt from "The Manicurist" which I can not wait to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tamarin Dowling | 7/19/2012

    " I read 90% of the book...I was on the last of 4 short stories and just couldn't continue. I love all of Sarah Addison Allen's other work but wow this was crap but the other stories were even worse...don't waste ur cash or time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marisa | 5/8/2012

    " I was disappointed with this book, which is actually a collection of short stories. I love Sarah Addison Allen, but her story was lacking that touch of magic she includes in her writing. "

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