Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

72%

9 Critic Reviews

...this long-awaited follow-up to FIREFLY LANE reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness.
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Synopsis

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 Kristin Hannah

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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed novels, including Fly Away, Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Magic Hour, Comfort & Joy, The Things We Do for Love, Between Sisters, Angel Falls, Waiting for the Moon, When Lightning Strikes, If You Believe, Once in Every Life, The Enchantment, and A Handful of Heaven.
 
Published June 1, 2013 by Center Point. 551 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on May 12 2013
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Critic reviews for Fly Away
All: 9 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 18 2013

Unrelenting gloom relieved only occasionally by wrenching trauma...

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 11 2013

...the plot is unnecessarily repetitive, at times bringing forward motion to a standstill...

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Apr 26 2013

Fans will be eager to reenter the world of FIREFLY LANE, and the additional depth of characterization and emotion will make them even happier that they've returned.

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RT Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by M.H. Morrison on Jun 06 2013

There’s emotional depth, but very little plot, and the quick resolution is disappointing.

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Booklist Online

Above average
Reviewed by Kristine Huntley on Jun 06 2013

Teen Marah’s grief and spiraling out of control will resonate with young adult fiction lovers.

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The Seattle Times

Above average
Reviewed by Melinda Bargreen on May 06 2013

...she’s very skilled at making her characters come to life, in all their angst and despair. The difficulty here is, that with almost everyone behaving badly, there is little to enjoy or admire besides the eloquence of the writing.

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Bestsellersworld

Excellent

An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings...Told with her trademark powerful storytelling and illuminating prose...

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20Something Reads

Good
on Jun 06 2013

...this long-awaited follow-up to FIREFLY LANE reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness.

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Chick Lit Central

Good
Reviewed by Melissa Amster on Apr 23 2013

She really knows how to get into the minds of women with whom she might have absolutely nothing in common, making them seem as real as any of us readers.

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