In the beginning, FIREFLY LANE reads like the backstory to BETWEEN SISTERS, Kristin Hannah’s previous novel. As in BETWEEN SISTERS, we have two very different women. Like Meghan Dontiss in SISTERS, Tully Hart is driven, ambitious, bright and has no social life. Like Claire Cavanaugh in SISTERS, Kate Mularkey wants to find love, a husband and children in her life.
As the sisters in SISTERS, the friends in FIREFLY mostly find what they want…until tragedy strikes. However, the Happy Ending in SISTERS is not replicated in FIREFLY which is based, in part, on author Kristin Hannah’s experiences with her mother’s last illness.
FIREFLY is a period piece, about a 30-something year friendship that starts in 1974 when both protagonists are 14, and ends in around 2008. The blurb on Ms. Hannah’s Amazon page says:
I’ve never read a novel about my generation before (I also turned 14 in 1974), so it was a real pleasure to read something that was so relevant to me. What the quote is alluding to, of course, is the myth surrounding young women like me in the 1980s and 1990s, the lie that “women could have it all, both family AND career.”
Of course they couldn’t, but the culture at large didn’t realize that until the next generation of women came along. Five Stars.