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Firefly Lane A Conversation with Kristin Hannah Why did you choose Seattle as the backdrop for Firefly Lane Is there something unique about growing up in the Northwest that helped you to define the kind of women K

  • Title: Firefly Lane
  • Author: Kristin Hannah
  • ISBN: 9781602851443
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Conversation with Kristin Hannah Why did you choose Seattle as the backdrop for Firefly Lane Is there something unique about growing up in the Northwest that helped you to define the kind of women Kate and Tully become Kristin Hannah Quite simply, I chose Seattle as the backdrop for Firefly Lane because it s so much a part of who I am I ve lived in theA Conversation with Kristin Hannah Why did you choose Seattle as the backdrop for Firefly Lane Is there something unique about growing up in the Northwest that helped you to define the kind of women Kate and Tully become Kristin Hannah Quite simply, I chose Seattle as the backdrop for Firefly Lane because it s so much a part of who I am I ve lived in the Northwest for most of my life, and obviously, in all those years, I ve seen this part of the country evolve from an undiscovered gem into the Emerald City So many of the places from my youth are gone, or changed, or moved, and I guess I wanted to remember the physical reminders of those bygone days And while Kate and Tully are absolutely Northwest girls, I like to think their story will speak to women who grew up in vastly different, populated areas After all, it s ultimately about friendship, and those seeds can be planted anywhere While you were writing, at any point did you find yourself feeling sympathetic to Kate or to Tully How did you keep the weight of the plot balanced between them as their stories evolved KH There s no way to avoid the truth that Kate is than a little like me Thus, I identified with her from the very beginning she was the small town girl who had to get up in the pre dawn hours to feed her horses, and read The Lord of the Rings during every family vacation, and felt lost in the first few months at the sprawling University of Washington All of that was me, so naturally, the problem was not in feeling sympathetic toward Katie it was much about holding her at arm s length, seeing her not as an extension of myself, but as a completely fictional woman Tully was a different story entirely While many readers might be surprised by this, I really fell in love with Tully In the final analysis, she s one of my favorite characters of all time I know she s bold and selfish and myopic and ambitious to a fault, but she s also terribly broken, wounded by her parents, unable to believe in love, and ultimately very real I think all of us know a Tully in our lives, and they bring a lot of dramad a lot of fire and sparkle You have a beautiful way of showing both the tension and tenderness between mothers and daughters Was it a challenge to write Tully s painful history with her own mother, and later, the conflict that builds between Kate and her own daughter KH Honestly, I believe that the mother daughter relationship is magical, complex, potentially dangerous, profoundly powerful, and deeply transformative To put it simply, all of us have this relationship, and in a very real way, none of us comes out alive We are all formed first as daughters and then tested as mothers There s nothing like motherhood to make us reassess how we were as daughters One of my favorite parts of Firefly Lane was the circle of Kate s relationship with her mom First we see her as an angry teen, slamming the door on her motherd then later her own daughter does the same thing to her There s a real symmetry in that, a truth that many of us have learned I have often wished in the past few years that my mom were here to help me as I raised my own teenage son As a girl, with my own mom, I thought I knew it all now I know better Somewhere, I know my mom is smiling Throughout the novel, both Kate and Tully question the reliability of love Is it that question that creates the rift between them and, ultimately, reunites them in friendship KH You re right, they each do continually question the reliability of love For Kate, it s a self esteem issue She absolutely believes in love she s grown up surrounded by it but she constantly questions Johnny s commitment to her I always felt that was largely because she felt like a moon to Tully s bright and shining sun For Tully, she honestly doesn t believe that true romantic love exists, and for all of her overblown ambition and belief in herself, she has been wounded by her mother s repeated abandonment The result is that she feels she s unlovable Kate and Tully are each big personalities in their own way Was it hard to create male characters who really understand them KH The challenge with regard to male characters was not so much creating men who understood Kate and Tully, it was rather to create love stories that equaled the power and emotional intensity of the friendship After all, the men in the story were important Johnny particularly but it was really a story about the women When Wally Lamb s She s Come Undone first came out, many readers were shocked that a man could write such an intimate portrait of a woman Do you think women are in fact the best writers of women s fiction Would you ever consider writing a novel where men take center stage KH One of the great things about being a writer is that we get the chance to inhabit the minds and souls of a variety of individuals I really don t think male female is the central question in terms of the viability of a voice and or vision We writers can become murderers, animals, psychopaths, vampires, lawyers, doctors, wizards, children In short, our storytelling skills and character building abilities are limited only by our own imaginations Until recently, most of my novels while female centric in vision were equally narrated by male characters, and one Angel Falls was primarily narrated by men I didn t see the writing of that any different than anything else Do you see yourself as a writer of romance or women s fiction What do you see as the differences in these two genres is one an evolution of the other, or is the label unimportant KH I began as a romance author and moved into women s fiction about ten years ago While many definitions abound, mine is this romance is a subsection of the broad, all inclusive women s commercial fiction market Women s fiction in general is not an evolution of romance much of women s fiction is completely unrelated to any romantic elements However, it is true that many current commercial women s fiction authors began in romance Many women read fictional romance to escape the stress of everyday life and find inspiration in a happy ending Is there a primary experience that you hope your readers will have after reading Firefly Lane KH I am a sucker for a happy ending myself In fact, my husband and I often go round and round about movies in which I hate the ending and he loves it He always says I m only comfortable with happy ever after, but that s not true What I want is an emotionally satisfying, organic ending I want to be totally engaged until the last page, and I want to believe every moment up until I close the book Sometimes I want to laugh, sometimes I want to cry, and sometimes I want to scream that it can t really be over Harry Potter comes to mind on this one The point is, I want to be moved deeply That s what I look for in other books and what I hope to deliver in my own Just FYI, here are some of my favorite endings Gone With the Wind, Middlemarch, Prince of Tides, An Inconvenient Wife, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, To Kill a Mockingbird, It, Shadow of the Wind Some are happy, some are sad, some are bittersweet All are memorable If you could meet any writer, living or dead, who would it be, and what would you ask them KH There are, of course, dozens of choices here, and I could certainly go through the classics and come up with many names and questions, but the truth is that I would love to sit down with Stephen King and listen to some rock and roll, and ask him how in the world he has stayed so good for so long.

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    1. Cleo Maranski on said:

      This book was such a disappointment. The characters were completely one dimensional and not at all interesting. The storyline was filled with cliches from every bad Lifetime movie. About three quarters of the way through, I somehow knew how it would end (because it was the one cliche that hadn't been hit yet). The book itself is primarily dialouge and not good one at that. Avoid.

    2. Andrea on said:

      Hmm well, I've never read "Beaches" (the book many reviewers compared this to) and I'm pretty sure I won't now. Firefly Lane was meh. Two girls stay "best friends" through four decades and widely divergent paths. Only thing is, emotionally, they stay girls. They never really become women, never break their stupid patterns (and they really are stupid), never evolve. The characters are 2-dimensional at best: Kate is spineless and weak, Tully is narcissistic and bitchy. They consider themselves "be [...]

    3. Pouting Always on said:

      This was the first Kristen Hannah book I read and it's about two girls who become friends in middle school in the 70's and it follows them through their lives. I really enjoyed the writing, I think Hannah is really good at telling stories because I kept wanting to read on. The characters were all complex and made the book feel real. The ending was not that great though and I can agree that some of the plot was derivative but I don't think there's anything wrong with using things in your book tha [...]

    4. Crumb on said:

      Oh.My.God. This book deserves more than five stars, in fact, it deserves every single star in the sky. This book was phenomenal. It tugged at my heart strings in the best of ways. I laughed and I cried Oh, how I cried. (view spoiler)[ You will need a box of tissues, handy!(hide spoiler)]This book is about friendship. Although, in my opinion, the word “friendship” doesn’t seem like a big enough word to encapsulate their relationship. They were simply: TullyandKate. Best friends forever. Thi [...]

    5. Holli on said:

      I really and truly thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Thank you very much Lisa for letting me borrow this! What a great book. It began the year I was born and ended in present day and followed the lives of two best friends named Tully and Kate. I loved reliving the 70's and 80's and 90's with them, all of the pop culture references made this a fun journey. The book is much more than just pop culture though as it follows two young girls who grow into wonderful women with very different personalities. [...]

    6. Elyse on said:

      Read years ago when the book was released!Read Stephanie's review's beautiful!!!I was deeply moved - surprised I liked it so much ---mailed it to my sister. She loved it just as much.I immediately read one more book, by Kristen Hannahbut when it didn't 'wow' meI didn't continuing reading more of Hannah's books - but FIREFLYhas a very authentic feeling to it - not pushed - not overly schmaltzy.Sincerely touching!Read Stephanie's great review!!!

    7. Megs ♥ on said:

      Wow. Another emotional sucker punch book by Kristin Hannah. If you are in the mood for a tear jerker she truly never disappoints. I wanted to read this one for a while, but only actually read it in anticipation of the next part, "Fly Away" being released soon. Also, I follow Kristin on Facebook, and this seems to be the book that all of her fans adore the most. I can see why. I love books that tell a story through multiple decades. If the author does it right you can almost feel transported to a [...]

    8. Brina on said:

      I give this book more of a 3.5 to 3.75. I start this with a disclaimer that I rarely read chick lit. If I feel the need to clear my head after reading a deeper book, I'll pick up a mystery, or maybe a middle grades kids book. Yet I had seen two friends, Elyse and Stephanie, write poignant reviews about Firefly Lane, so I let my curiosity get the better of me, and picked it up. Firefly Lane is about the 30 year friendship of Kate Mularkey Ryan and Tully Hart. These two girls were brought together [...]

    9. Alice Kellen on said:

      Hacía muchísimos meses que no leía una novela que me llegase así y me ha dejado tan tocada que no sé ni qué decir. Tiene 600 páginas y yo me he pasado unas 500 llorando y con el corazón encogido. No me gusta nada desvelar detalles (siempre creo que con la sinopsis es más que suficiente y, en ocasiones, incluso demasiado), así que solo diré que "El baile de las luciérnagas" es la historia de dos amigas, Kate y Tully, durante más de tres décadas; a través de ambas conocemos el amor, [...]

    10. Theresa Alan on said:

      I enjoyed this novel about two girlfriends spanning from the ‘70s to the early 2000s. It alternates points of view between Kate who, when the novel opens, is 14 years old and closely watched by her mother. Tully, on the other hand, has been abandoned by her drug-addict mother and moves in across the street with her grandmother. Tully is rebellious and ambitious, and Kate longs to be cool like her. Kate is stunned when Tully becomes her best friend, and their friendship lasts 30 years.They are [...]

    11. Carolyn on said:

      (audiobook version) I read this at the insistence of a friend. I had a feeling I wouldn’t like it very much; even though she’s a friend we have some very different taste in books. She went on and on and on about how good it was, but it was only so-so for me, as expected. Firefly Lane tells the story of two girls who become best friends at age 14. It follows them for over 30 years, from the 1970s into the 2000s. The book doesn’t break any new ground, really. For instance, did you know that [...]

    12. Rita on said:

      I finished this book in the beginning of January and I'm finally writing the review now. First, I was sick but even when I felt better I kept putting it off. Time to write the review of a book that I didn't expect to even like that much, but ended up loving.Firefly Lane is the first book that I've read by Kristin Hannah. You may well ask what rock I've been living under? I do not read "chick-lit" she said in a condescending manner and this book sounded like that's what it would be. I still can't [...]

    13. Karen on said:

      We are reading this book in my book club. I listened to it on audio book. It is the story of Kate and Tully who meet as teenagers and then remain friends for 30 years. They are bff's and it is the story of friendship between two women and a betrayal that almost destroyed it. A few CD's into this I asked another lady in the club "Where is this going? How will she fill 15 CD's with this story?" I kept waiting for the big betrayal / twist at the end. So, I couldn't stop listening. The story however [...]

    14. Jan on said:

      I cried so much throughout the last 20 or so pages of this book that my husband became genuinely concerned for my well-being. The conversation went pretty much like this:Me: /trying not to sound like I'm cryingHim: "Are you ok?"Me: "Yes, I'm fine."Him: "Are you sure?"Me: "Yes, it's just sad."5 minutes laterHim: "Are you sure you're ok?"Me: "Yes! Leave me alone!"Him: "It's just that you're crying really hard."Me: "I know. I'm just a big sap."5 minutes laterHim: "Are you going to be all right?"Me: [...]

    15. Ashley Thompson on said:

      I felt like this book wasn't really about anything. I kept waiting for a plot but three-fourths of the way through I realized there wasn't one. It was very cliche in the sense that it read like a Lifetime Original movie. I predicted that the least-hated girl would die right around the time I realized there was no plot. The so-called friendship that this book was about was so unrealistic that I found myself wanting to tell the sheepish, pathetic, mousy girl (she was so unmemorable that I can't re [...]

    16. Audrey on said:

      This book was hard for me. I lost my sister to breast cancer 6 years ago. She was only 38 years old. Much like the girls in the story, she was my best friend forever. We grew up in the same decades that were in the stories. I remember dancing to the Jackson 5, singing to Diana Ross, fighting over who liked which Debarg, and who could do the best moon walk. Being siblings we had memories for a lifetime. It was so hard losing the one person who knows everything about you. The one person who was al [...]

    17. Terra on said:

      Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is a breathtaking trip down memory lane. From 70's teens to 80's young women these two girls have more than a life time worth of memories both good and bad. The 90's usher in permanent choices and the new millineum tumbles in with, "What did I do with my life". The harsh realities of growing up aren't always kind.Tully Hart is a product of the hippie era or as they say, "Sex, drugs and Rock & Roll". Being torn between living with her grandparents and the occasi [...]

    18. La Narradora on said:

      El baile de las luciérnagas es una historia que me ha dejado con un nudo en la garganta. Mi primera historia de Kristin Hannah, aunque seguro que no será la última. Una historia contada de una manera excepcional que nos habla de temas tan importantes como la amistad, el amor, la familia, el matrimonio, la maternidad o el paso de los años. Una historia que transcurre durante treinta años de la vida de Tully y Kate. Dos chicas. Dos vidas que se cruzan un día en lugar llamado Firefly Lane. Y [...]

    19. Tina "IRead2Escape" on said:

      Read this with a box of tissues and lots of alone time. I went into this book thinking it was a book of friends. Their ups and downs. How friends become family, sometimes more. How strong personalities can affect a friendship in more ways than one. How jealousy can put stress on a marriage and a friendship and how wanting what is not yours can do the same. But, I didn't for one second think that I was reading a book about the ending of a friendship and a life. Or the path of eternal friendship a [...]

    20. Melinda on said:

      A long, tiresome read. The 400-plus-paged novel relies on the characters' relationships to sustain the plot and reader interest, but those relationships, like the characters, are clichéd and two-dimesional and somewhat hard to believe. Also hard to believe are the personal stories of the characters — such as Tallulah Hart, who rises to success as a TV journalist, covering everything from individuals' crises to international affairs only to host a daytime talk show called "The Girlfriend Hour" [...]

    21. Virginia Hill on said:

      Nothing I read about Firefly Lane could have prepared me for the moving story of Tully and Kate. Sure, I've read other books that were emotionally charged and brought me to tears. Several of them were also written by Kristin Hannah. She's a genius at writing human stories that make it impossible not to feel the emotions right along with her characters. This one thoughis is an immeasurably touching depiction of family love & strife, career choices, and undying friendship. I haven't read a mor [...]

    22. Selma on said:

      I ovoj knjizi od Kristi Hannah dajem pet iako se često pitam zašto mi treba da čitam njene knjige. Još jedna u nizu divno napisanih priča, sad mogu reći da sam pročitala sve koje su prevedene kod nas i nijedna nije bila loša, ali svaki put sam u nekom grču čekajući kraj i znam da nisam jedina koja se tako osjeća.U isto vrijeme sam i ljuta i tužna bura nekih čudnih emocija u meni. Zaista preporučujem ali nije bilo jednostavno završiti, čekala sam rasplet a u isto vrijeme molila u [...]

    23. Beth on said:

      Although I feel that the plot is somewhat formulaic (and there were parts that reminded me of the movie Beaches), the story is well-written and entertaining. I found I had trouble putting the book down, and when I wasn't reading it, I found myself thinking about the story. In one sense, I feel that the plot is a little bit predictable, but I didn't find myself minding it because the story itself and the way it's written is so engaging. It just makes you want to continue reading. A good read.

    24. Laura on said:

      This was a lovely heartfelt story of two girls who meet in sad circumstances and find the most unlikely of friend. Beginning in 1970s Washington state, the story follows them as they grow from angsty teenagers into young women and beyond, through careers and failed relationships, children and more.Tully and Kate are an unlikely duo, each perfectly imperfect, but somehow they cannot function without each other. One is callously ambitious, the other is more subdued. They fight, they fall out, but [...]

    25. Tania on said:

      Friendships were like marriages in that way. Routines and patterns were poured early and hardened like cement.I did not like the first quarter of this book, I could not connect to the teenagers, and it felt like very similar personalities to the ones in Night road. Although I enjoyed the middle of the book more, I did not like Tully - according to me she is not best friend material, everything is her way or the highway.I am a sucker for a book that makes me cry like a baby, and the ending did ju [...]

    26. Abril Camino on said:

      Muero de amor. Qué bien escribe Kristin Hannah, y qué historia tan cotidiana y tan diferente a la vez. Me lo he bebido en dos días, a costa de muchas horas de sueño.

    27. Jennifer Currey on said:

      This book was recommended to me and I took one look at the size and thought "there are like 15 books on my shelf right now that I want to read" but against my better judgement, read it and LOVED IT! By far, the best friendship book I have ever read. Each of my closest girl friends are getting a copy for Christmas. THIS IS A MUST READ!

    28. ✨Susan✨ on said:

      This was a great time period story, that took me back with all of the references to cloths, songs and sayings. An unlikely friendship is created when two girls are thrown together through geography and timing. Throughout their lives it becomes clear that one is a taker and one is a giver, yet somehow this becomes a complete recipe for a lifetime bond that is quite complicated but enduring. This story truly shows how tragedies and successes shape and turn all of our lives. A 3.5 listen that was t [...]

    29. Bethany on said:

      Absolutely loved this book! If you've ever had a best friend that you couldn't live without, this book is for you!Kate and Tully become BFF in the summer of 1974 when they are both awkward teens. Tully is a wild, free spirit, whose mother is a drug addict and frequently absent from her life. Kate is a well-rounded, good-girl with two stable parents and a network of love and support. Tully wants so badly to have what Katie has and Katie is eager to be free of her overbearing mother.Their tight fr [...]

    30. K on said:

      UGH. i guess i should begin by saying i'm not a chick lit fan. i found this book to be incredibly formulaic and contrived, and the plot almost identical to beaches (seriously, i'm thinking lawsuit). the friendship between the two main characters was supposed to be "forever" and such a strong force in their lives, yet it felt hollow. all of the characters in the book were too perfect. nothing about their actions rang true. the book description from the publisher indicates that the friendship is a [...]

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