Fly Away

Fly Away

Book - 2013 | 1st ed
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to the characters in Firefly Lane in her next blockbuster novel, Fly Away.

Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don't they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . . .

Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate---to be there for Kate's children---but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people.

Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother's death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.

Dorothy Hart---the woman who once called herself Cloud---is at the center of Tully's tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter's side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs.

A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need each one another---and maybe a miracle---to transform their lives.

An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark powerful storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312577216
Branch Call Number: F HAN
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 25 cm

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eburkus
Jul 29, 2020

When I checked this book out, I did not realize it was a sequel until I was half way through the book. Possibly, I may have liked it more if I had read Firefly Lane first.
Although I can appreciate KH writing, This story was a bit boring and very depressing. Nothing ever went right for any of the characters throughout the entire novel. I almost didn’t finish it.

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weezie1
Jun 27, 2020

Can't believe some of the comment people write. You could have finished a good in the time it took you to comment on this novel. Interesting story - read in 2015

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iloveseaotters
Jun 03, 2020

I absolutely LOVE Kristen Hannah and I've read Firefly Lane so many times that I have parts of it memorized. At the end of that book, it seemed like a continuation was inevitable so that we'd know what happened to Tully, Marah, Johnny and Dorothy (Cloud). Now I can safely say that I really, REALLY wish she hadn't written "Fly Away".
From the first chapter it was completely depressing, but since it started two days after "Firefly Lane" left off I expected it to be. At first I was completely absorbed in the storyline and I read every word until I finished the 9th chapter. And then I just couldn't do it anymore. The characters evolved, but not the way I would have hoped and by the end of chapter 9, I found myself skimming the pages more and more, hoping to find an end to the story. But in the end, I was barely reading the words on the pages, sighing with relief when I got to the final page.
I admit that I raced through it initially because I was anxious to read another book and since I had first started this book back in February (Only making it to Page 8), I wanted to give it another try. Now I know why it took me so long. It was not only painful to read but extremely disappointing. "Firefly Lane" was beautifully written and although I wish the ending had been different, even that was incredibly emotional. This was just flat out depressing. The only other books I've read that were just as bad were "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb, and "Water for Elephants" by Sarah Gruen. A close third would be (sadly) another book by Kristin Hannah called "Magic Hour". Didn't like any of them at all, and yet, like this one all of these books had such great potential.
To be fair, I am a writer and I know how hard it is to write a sequel, even if it's to a short story. I've written lots of them, and it's hard to stay true to the original story because of the details involved. I believe that Kristin Hannah did that here, interweaving lines and sentences from "Firefly Lane" into "Fly Away" in her own unique way. The story skips around a lot and it takes a lot of concentration to try to remember what's going on and it moves from first person to second person quite a bit.
Trust me, read Firefly Lane and make your own decisions about the fate of the characters in that story. Because if you read this afterward, I have feeling you'll be just as disappointed as I am with this book. It hurts me deeply to give a Kristin Hannah book one star, but really two was just too generous.

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NANCYGOOCH
Jul 01, 2018

This book was too slow and depressing for me. I'm not usually brought down by a book of fiction, but I couldn't finish this one.

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AlteredStaite
Apr 19, 2017

It was ok. Not much substance and pretty much a standard soap opera..... but a step up from Harlequin ... that's for sure.

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NanCcan
Nov 28, 2016

I liked it, and enjoyed spending two thick novels with these characters (Firefly Lane and its sequel, Fly Away). More in depth than other books by this author. This one moved more slowly than Firefly Lane, but was more emotionally complex.

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MillieBT
Feb 03, 2016

The 1st 50 pages synopsis of Firefly Lane after that it does get interesting ...a different spin to this novel...Entertaining

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Seattlegal2004
Sep 22, 2014

I read and loved Firefly Lane. I was really excited to read the sequel. I was highly disappointed. It didn't have the same flow nor interesting growth in the characters. It was so slow that I couldn't even finish the book and I really tried.

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lpreston214
Mar 11, 2014

In this follow-up to Firefly Lane, best-friend Tully, daughter Marah and husband Johnny are still messes after the death of Kate. Tully, self-medicating and adrift decides to end it but only puts herself into a coma. Marah quits school and runs away. The story is told from various points of view, bouncing around from the present to flashbacks. You have to pay attention to keep track of where the timeline is. Good book though somewhat formulaic Hannah fare. Life is full of pain but also joy. The point is to live and love while you can. Can't argue with that.

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suethomas
Oct 04, 2013

Great story.......

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Jul 24, 2014

"She knew me." A simple quote from a bereaved daughter grieving the loss of her mother.

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