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Firefly Lane

A Novel
Written by: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Series: Girls of Firefly Lane, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. For 30 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.

©2008 by Kristin Hannah. (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"Susan Ericksen gives an outstanding performance of the thirty-year friendship between Kate Mularkey and Tully Hart." ( AudioFile)

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Wonderful story even if you don’t have a close friend

I was uncertain about purchasing this audiobook because it is portrayed as a “girlfriend” book. I have no close, longtime friends or family. Thankfully, in the end that didn’t matter. The story flowed and the characters were well developed. I was interested in THEIR story.

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Just sooo good

Loved the characters who although at times were frustrating but were so real. A lovely tribute to friendships. Loved it!

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Insightful

I would have really appreciated it much more if I was woman. Excellent insights for a man to read.

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I could see myself

I loved this book so absorbing I mostly enjoy an audiobook while doing chores but found myself often just sitting and listening. The writing was superb and the reader could have been the author, she was so real. Can’t wait to begin another story by this author

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A story of friendship. Always points for that.

Good story line, but sometimes found narration of Tully hard to listen to. ending sad.

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Love this new story!!!

Amazing story! One of my all time faves! So thankful to enjoy this every day while I walk my dog.

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Compelling writer !

Builds strong Characters in her stories. One becomes very involved with these characters as the story develops one does not want to put the book down

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Loved this book and the narrator

Listened to this book after listening to The Nightingale which was my fav book of 2019. Firefly Lane is a totally different book from The Nightingale but I fell in love with the characters and could so relate. I am a working mum so could relate to both Tully & Kate. Just started Fly Away the sequel.

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For Every Woman

This is a story of the spirit of women and the complexity of girlfriends . It speaks to the stay at home mom, the grandmother, and the career woman. This book encompasses all the emotions a woman finds herself experiencing.

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Amazing Story

I absolutely loved this book. I can’t wait to read more of Kristin Hannah’s books, this was my first and won’t be my last.

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  • Lisa
  • 2010-12-29

Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

Although the last part of this book is a well-written tear jerker, I didn't buy the enduring friendship that's central to the book. Opposites attract, no problem. But it seems that this relationship borders on abuser and abused. There's nothing that Kate won't forgive Tully for and Tully's never wrong -- at least in her own mind. Neither female seems to learn and grow beyond much where they were as teenagers. The pattern repeats and repeats and repeats. Kate is likable and loving, but deserves more from a friend than she gets. Tully is self-centered and needy and even when she does things for others it seems to be driven by her own needs.I have a really hard time believing these two girls/women would be BFFs. Another problem is the jarring temporal references. I appreciate some atmospheric scene-setting, but the near-constant name-dropping, place-dropping "We were there" references induced memories of Forrest Gump meeting every important historical figure of his time. Apparently quite a few reviewers have found this as intrusive and obnoxious as I did.

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  • Alyssa
  • 2011-01-27

One of the most insipid, cliched books ever

I loved the time period for this book. The main characters grew up in the same decades that I did and the references to it are what I appreciate about the story and why I give the one star. That being said, it was downhill from there. Nothing happens in this book. At the writing of this I am halfway through the second part. It's killing me to get to the end but I have a thing about seeing something through. I wanted to write this now to save anyone else from wasting a credit. This book should be used in writing classes to exemplify what not to do. Awful!

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  • FanB14
  • 2013-04-29

Beachy Fare

Tully and Katie are best friends from teen years through adulthood. This is an easy listen, you can multi-talk without missing much. The story and characters are predictable and tedious.

Only listened to this because a great friend asked me to read the book and discuss. I detest this type of writing and could barely make it through. It was easier to listen than muddle through the actual book.

Hesitate to write this because lovers of this genre will click the "no" button numerous times, but just felt the need to share my opinion. My expectations were low and this was worse than I imagined.

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  • Josephine
  • 2009-02-28

Firefly Lane

Although the book was well written, it was much too long. There was not enough substance to warrant 17 hrs. of listening. I probably will not read this author again. I love long books but they must be more comprehensive. The narrator was superb however. I'll look for her again. This is my first review, and I felt the book needed comment.

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  • C. Hankins
  • 2008-09-13

slow read

This audio book should have been about 1/3 the length. Although the story is OK, it just dragged on so long the reader gets tired of the characters.
I wouldn't recommend it for a long car drive, as it may put you to sleep.

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  • Kelley
  • 2009-05-08

Wonderful Listen

Caught my attention from the very beginning and I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator really adds to the story and tells it wonderfully.

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  • C Sir
  • 2019-10-15

Please please please end!

OMG, I'd return this but I've returned a couple of other books recently. I decided to slog through, but just looked down and, what? ...7 hours left and she's about to have twins? Predictable and slow...Narrator sounds like she's reading to a 3 yr old with inflections that are bout to drive me crazy.

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  • S
  • 2009-12-09

if you loved Beaches....

this book is a Beaches rip-off. Vivacious girl befriends mousy brunette girl, shared man, lifetime friendship, jealousy, arguments, illness. Seriously.....just read/watch Beaches. It's not actually bad--just predictable and done before. How can she write this in good conscience?

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  • AB
  • 2012-07-14

This lifelong friendships gets a little old.

I enjoyed the childhood stories and development of the friendship. By the end, I was a little tired of the whole thing. I did not like the narrator, her voice was too old for the story.

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  • Lynn
  • 2014-09-16

Could not finish this book

I do not make it a habit of not finishing books, whether reading or listening. This, however, was an exception. The charactes are not sympathetic and it was difficult to care what happens to them. Even the narrator's voice could not save this dull, predictable story.

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