Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Friendship that Stands the Test of Time--Kristin Hannah's "Firefly Lane"

Kristin Hannah's "Firefly Lane" begins in 1974, when two fourteen year old girls meet because of chance. Tully, a beautiful, outgoing girl, has moved to a small town outside of Seattle to try to reconcile with her estranged mother. Kate, an awkward girl who has lived in the town her whole life, is struggling to find herself in the middle school hierarchy. After a night of tragedy, Tully and Kate are thrown together and become fast friends. Through high school and college they are inseparable. After school, their lives start to take different shapes, as Tully becomes a successful newscaster and Kate marries and starts a family. Eventually, the difference in their lives comes between them--but when tragedy strikes again, will they be able to call on their shared pasts to build a future together. 

I really enjoyed "Firefly Lane"--it's a coming of age and best friends story all wrapped into one--and it does it all without feeling forced or fake. Hannah does a great job of capturing the lives of these two very different women, including the challenges and emotions that fill their lives. By the end of the novel, you feel like these women are your friends too and you feel their struggles. The end of the book is very emotional--have your tissues at the ready--but the book leaves you feeling happy to have met these women and shared in their life journey. 

This was the first book I read by Kristin Hannah, but I think I will be seeking out more, because I enjoyed her style and the way she connects the reader to her characters. I would recommend this book to any woman looking for a great book about ordinary women.

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