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In the summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all -- beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn; Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable.
So begins Firefly Lane. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, this is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives.
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. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame, success, and loneliness.
All Kate 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 betrayaltears them apart, and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.
Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you -- knows what has the power to hurt you, and to heal you.
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I was born in the 90's but this book touched my soul. My best friend and I have been friends now for about 8 years and when i read this book i had to send this all the way to her in college. Mind you she is not a big baby like I am when it comes to books and sob sob sob. I hope that my friend and I will eventually have the relationship that Tully and Katie have, I would give up my life for my best friend if it came down to it, i wouldnt even stutter it would be an impulse.
I wanted to say thank you very much for showing that true friends can have up's and downs and still it lasts a lifetime!