Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2008-02-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 2,439 Ratings


From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .

In the turbulent 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 new 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 bulkhead 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. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she 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.


  • Long story that you can’t put down

    By MRS. HHK
    I liked how it starts w my same high school class of ‘78 ! Talk about memory lane ~ that’s “Firefly Lane” plus more! Enjoyed this read to the very last sentence!
  • Amazing

    By Yaoming423
    This was an amazing book about love, bonds of friendship and families and loss. I couldn’t put the book down until the end.
  • Firefly Lane

    By Frog flowers
    True story of friendship.
  • Friendship

    By riverbeech
    Excellent writing. I enjoyed reading about this incredible friendship. I have wonderful friends and there is always one that you can completely be yourself with. Loved this book.
  • I❤️🐎🐎

    By Boardz20
  • Beautiful story of friendship

    By kaykaybean13
  • Such an excellent book

    By sacdikface
    A must read. Such a wonderful story about friendship, love, difficulties, to name a few.
  • Another outstanding Hannah novel

    By Carolina Carol
    I’ve never read a mediocre Hannah book. She writes for your soul. Her stories will haunt you for days as you typically ache for her characters. I read this one in 2 days. It always sounds cliche to say “I just couldn’t put it down,” but it is always true with Kristen’s books. Once you read the full book, move on to the Netflix movie. It’s different, but still happy, sad, and haunting. Thank you, Kristen, for your lovely stories.
  • Could Not Put This Book Down!

    By StarrDustBaby
    I finished this book within days. Kristin Hannah’s writing is mesmerizing. She will bring you into a whirlwind of emotions, making you cling to every page. It will pull on your heart strings. The story is such a good one. Two best friends, forever. I’m currently on the sequel, “Fly Away” which is also hard to put down. Usually I find sequels to never be as interesting as the original, but it’s almost as if the first book never ended. Highly recommend!!!
  • Good

    By fish8327
    Not sure I would recommend this to anyone. It was a good, memorable book, but hard to connect to. I found myself often times wondering when the climax of the plot will come.