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Fly Away
by Kristin Hannah

Published: 2013-04-23
Hardcover : 416 pages
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Recommended to book clubs by 5 of 6 members

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, ...

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Introduction

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.

 

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Excerpt

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September 2, 2010
10:14 P.M.
She felt a little woozy. It was nice, like being wrapped in a warm-from-the-dryer blanket. But when she came to, and saw where she was, it wasn’t so nice.
She was sitting in a restroom stall, slumped over, with tears drying on her cheeks. How long had she been here? She got slowly to her feet and left the bathroom, pushing her way through the theater’s crowded lobby, ignoring the judgmental looks cast her way by the beautiful people drinking champagne beneath a glittering nineteenth century chandelier. The movie must be over. ... view entire excerpt...

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How realistic was Marah's reaction to her mother's death? Was Desmond a realistic character? What was his purpose in the novel?
Was Johnny's behavior typical of a grieving parent?
Did you recognize themes in this book from TV or news coverage, or other media forums, movies, novels, etc.?
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  "Fly Away, Kristin Hannah"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 06/14/13

This book is the second in a series. The first was Firefly Lane. The book stands on its own and does not need to be read as a sequel. It is about self discovery, reconciliation and redemptio... (read more)

 
  "Fly Away "by LanaK (see profile) 04/24/14

This is a rather sad book but we did have interesting conversations.

 
  "Insightful, heart-warming yet heart wrenching novel"by shanen79 (see profile) 06/18/13

Fly Away is the continuation of Tully and Kate's story from "Firefly Lane". The story focuses on the aftermath of Kate's death on those closest to her and how their lives continue. It focuses on Tully,... (read more)

 
  "If you've read Firefly Lane, this is a must read."by riegerd (see profile) 06/12/13

I loved Firefly Lane. It was a book I passed onto friends and suggested to others to read. When I saw that a follow up was being released, I was overjoyed. I liked the book and thought it wa... (read more)

 
  "Fly Away"by ADMINOFFICER (see profile) 06/03/13

Club really enjoyed this book. Recommend to any book Club.

 
  "Fly Away"by robinpranga (see profile) 05/30/13

While we agreed we loved the prequel to this book, we found this to be too predictable. Maybe if we hadn't read the first one, we would have liked this one better. It was okay but not what I expect from... (read more)

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