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Hannah’s Firefly Lane (2008), which centered on best-friends-forever Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey, is arguably her most popular work. Her follow-up gives readers an idea of what life is like for Tully and Kate’s daughter Marah in the wake of Kate’s death from cancer. It’s not a pretty picture. Tully, who walked away from her successful talk show after Kate got sick, finds that her career isn’t waiting for her when she is ready to come back. Overwhelmed by grief and shunned by Johnny, Kate’s grieving husband who wants Tully to stay away from him and Kate’s children, Tully turns to prescription drugs and alcohol. Teenage Marah, once popular and brash, retreats into herself. Then hope comes from the most unlikely of sources: Tully’s wayward mother, finally sober and now, on the cusp of 70, possibly ready to be the mother Tully has always craved. Readers will be reaching for tissues as they watch the characters they grew to love in Firefly Lane struggle to make peace with Kate’s death and find happiness and love. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: So popular is Firefly Lane that Hannah’s highly anticipated sequel will be launched with a 500,000 print run, a national author tour, and an enormous promotional campaign. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“By reversing traditional expectations, Hannah (Night Road) calls attention to the modern female soldier and offers a compassionate, poignant look at the impact of war on family.” —Publishers Weekly on Home Front

Home Front's heart-wrenching portrayal of one veteran’s trials points out how much training goes into preparing for war–and how little is done to teach returning soldiers how to be parents again.” —People Magazine

"A stirring, inspiring celebration of heroism in its many incarnations." —Family Circle on Home Front

"Hannah's best work yet." —Seattle Times on Home Front

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  • Preloaded Digital Audio Player
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427233993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427233998
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,328 customer reviews)

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Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including Winter Garden, Night Road, and the blockbuster Firefly Lane which sold over 1.2 million copies.

Her novels Home Front and Night Road were among the first novels to appear in the #1 spot on 5 New York Times bestseller lists simultaneously. Home Front has been optioned for film by 1492 Films (produced the Oscar-nominated The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to write, produce, and direct.

Kristin's highly anticipated new release, The Nightingale, will be published on February 3, 2015 (St. Martin's Press). The novel --an epic love story and family drama set in France at the dawn of World War II--is a profound and compelling portrait of two estranged sisters, living in a city under siege and a country at war, where sometimes surviving means doing the unthinkable.

www.kristinhannah.com


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on May 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Good:

Flawlessly written, Kristin Hannah delivers another emotional roller coaster
I loved Firefly Lane and the story of TullyandKate and was thrilled to see a follow up which further develops Tully’s story
The character development (which I feel is Hannah’s best talent) shines yet again in Fly Away
Hannah’s characters are sooo real – their stories may not be fun but they are 100% believable and relatable
I was immediately drawn in to Tully’s back story and wanted to know more
By the last quarter of this book I just could not put it down…I knew that something good was coming and it couldn’t get there fast enough for me:)
Fly Away as with many of Kristin Hannah’s books really makes one think -Life and people’s actions are not so black and white as they may seem. One never knows what true motivations and reasons people have for what they do and say
That cover!!! Need I say more!

The Not So Good:

So full of angst and heartache, the first two thirds of this novel are gut wrenching, but if you can make it through…it is more than worth it.

Final Thoughts:

Kristin Hannah knocks another one out of the park with this intensely emotional follow up to Firefly Lane. For those who love Hannah and don’t mind a lot of intense drama and pain to get to the HEA, this is a must read.

NOTE: Review Copy received from Publisher. All thoughts my own
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Sharon R. Gates on April 26, 2013
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I love the Firefly Lane book but thought this one was one of, if the the top, most depressing book I have ever read. Nothing but down, down, down. Depression, panic attacks and terrible abuse of both physical and mental to the mother. I can think of nothing to redeem this book. It was pathetic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Sholl on January 27, 2015
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I really enjoyed Firefly Lane and was looking forward to this sequel, but was incredibly disappointed. Easily one of the most depressing books I've ever read. Much of it taking place 4-5 years after Kate's death, every single person in the story is still an absolute basket case. I lost a CHILD and functioned better then these people. I know life never goes back to "normal", and I could understand 1, maybe 2 people having exceptional trouble getting past her death, but EVERY PERSON has COMPLETELY given up on their entire life, seemingly without a single thought of "Kate would not have wanted me to continue living like this." And they are all truly awful to each other. None of them seemed to have a single feeling of trying to be there for each other, it was almost like a competition of "this is worse for ME then it is for YOU and NO ONE understands what I'm going through." If you want a good cover-to-cover sob-fest, this may be the book for you.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Wisc home on April 28, 2013
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I am finishing this book because I bought. I wish I had gotten it from the library instead. It is a very depressing book. So far I have read 200 pages of people with mixed up lives that don't seem to have any concept of life in a world with other people. This is the worst book I have read by Kristin Hannah and I have read most of hers. I will certainly think twice before buying the next one.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dave Parker VINE VOICE on April 27, 2013
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This is not a happy story.

This sequel to Firefly Lane, which ended with Kate's death from cancer, relates emotionally and realistically how Kate's best friend Tully and Kate's extended family slog through their grief and self-criticism after her death. While largely presented from Tully's point of view, segments included offer background information about individual family members that form a backdrop for their reactions.

Kate made Tully promise on her death be to be there for Kate's family after she is gone. Kate's love and bright personality was the glue that held the Ryan family together. Her husband Johnny, twin boys Lucas and Wills, and sixteen year old daughter Marah will need Tully's presence and support.

But Tully is too devastated herself to help them. Marah is so steeped in grief she retreats into herself, and her father reacts with anger rather than love. Each has regrets about somehow failing Kate; in their case it makes helping each other impossible.

Hannah has a knack for writing about strained relationships. It would take a very cold person not to become emotionally involved with her characters. Many readers will recognize our tendency to blame ourselves we think we have done wrong. We feel responsible even for things that are out of control. Taking this responsibility often leads to poor choices; thereby reinforcing one's self-blame - as it does here.

This book is very well done; well written, with realistic characters. It may even make us think about our relationships and how to strengthen (or repair) them. Once I started Fly Away, it was hard to put down.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Colorado Springs on April 29, 2013
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I have read every single one of Kristin Hannah's book and I have loved them all. Having said that, I had higher hopes for her newest book. It was good but not great like Firefly Lane or Night Road. At times it was hard to stay engaged but was worth the effort in the end. Just keep reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna Katerine on August 24, 2014
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This is without a doubt the most depressing book I have ever read. Kristin Hannah seems to enjoy wallowing in the angst and horror of life, even in some of her earlier books. This book was joyless, without redemption, lame and not one of the characters was worth a crap, including Katie, the person who died in the previous book "Firefly Lane". Just like the other reviewers said, the books jumped around and started with the main character, Tully, getting in an accident and having a near death experience throughout the ENTIRE BOOK. Tully and Katie with an afterlife is painful to say the least. There is certainly no comfort to be had, and the book jumps around to all of the characters describing what happened to them after Katie's death. Drugs, booze, extremely disturbed characters, and the only ones not self-absorbed and jerky were the twin boys of Katie and her mother and father. Other than that the rest were worse than worthless.

Hannah likes to make a living writing books about female relationships, but this has to be the one with the least to connect you to anyone. The previous book, "Firefly Lane" was great until she dropped cancer on one of the main characters at the very end of the book....and I do mean the end! I was hoping that, after the crash of that book, she would pull something personal and uplifting for this sequel. Nope, way worse than the other book. I suspect all of this makes up the psyche of the writer.

One of the first books I read of hers was "Angel Falls". It was uplifting and a little strange which is why I loved it. I've read several of her other books, but they all suffer from too much suffering!!!!! I will not read another book of hers nor will I recommend her to others.
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