May 15, 2013

Women's Fiction Spotlight: Firefly Lane

Blurb from Goodreads: From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness. 

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

I'm not sure what I really expected when I picked up this book, but it was both lighter and darker than I thought it would be, and incredibly more endearing than I expected it to be. Kate and Tully have a friendship that is perfect because it is imperfect - who knows how many times they apologize to each other, but that was what made it so real. I felt a stronger connection with these characters than I would have ever thought when I started. I will read Hannah again