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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 :) "

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