This book broke me as per usual with the talented Kristin Hannah. I can only hope the sequel, Fly Away will put me back together.
Firefly Lane is a heartfelt book about the journey of life long friends Tully and Kate. Despite their drastically different personalities, they develop this bond as teenage girls that takes them through college life, love lives, careers, marriage, kids and just the hardships of life.
I felt an instant bond to sweet little Tully. Then, fully thrust into the throes of teenage thoughts I was immediately caught up in the story. So incredibly descriptive, Hannah peppered the entire book with 70s kitsch, 80s glam and 90s nostalgia, bringing up sweet memories of childhood. We were also immersed in cultural and journalistic events, which as a history buff, I loved. Everyone told me to prepare for tears but I wasn’t prepared for the intense feels this book left me in. KH is an emotional genius. She must be- to be able to lead us all down the same path. The depth of these characters is immense- as it should be when an author attempts to span decades of one relationship. I wanted to soothe Tully and squeeze Kates hand on so many occasions. It took me a long time to read this book. At first I blamed it on how busy I was but then I realized that I was a little hesitant to get so absorbed in the emotions of this book. KH has that ability to knock me to my knees.
Audiobook Review Eriksen was great. She had a wide range with sharp character definition. I felt like she was the perfect fit for both Tully and Kate.
You can buy Firefly Lane here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop although I highly recommend listening to this book! You can buy the audio version at Libro.fm here.