Publication Date: March 25, 2014
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.
About the Author
KRISTIN HANNAH is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels. A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
Told in alternating viewpoints and flashbacks, this story of what happens after a friend/daughter/wife dies and the emotions that come into play. Tully is still mourning the death of her friend, Kate, after four years. Kate's husband, John is surviving but now that his sons are leaving home, he is feeling a bit adrift. He seems to have anger over the closeness that these two best friends have shared. Kate's daughter Marah is spinning out of control. It seems that the whole group from Firefly Lane is on an emotional rollercoaster.
This story will have you smiling and in tears at the same time. Tully's mother Dorothy (Cloud) comes back into her life to move the story along and give more of the history of the group. I was really drawn to Marah, as Kate's teenage daughter spins out of control and how Tully really tries to reel her back in. When Tully has an accident, everyone is forced to confront their messy relationships including the one between Cloud and her daughter. Overall, this is a wonderfully told story of relationships on the verge of breakdowns.
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