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Fly Away: A Novel

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Susan Ericksen

16 Hours 5 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

April 2013

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to the characters in Firefly Lane in her next blockbuster novel, Fly Away.

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.

Includes a Reading Group Guide Read by Kristin Hannah

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  • Mona S

    Love this book!! Enjoyed it as much as I did Firefly Lane the first part. I wish there was a third!!

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  • Sharon H.

    Definitely not as good as firefly lane. Dragged on way to much.

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  • Malinda A.

    Kristin Hannah really gave us closure to these characters and answered so many questions we had after firefly lane!

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  • Yvonne M.

    Loved this and Firefly Lane!!

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  • Chandra C.

    I loved it! Good story

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  • Diane C.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Fly Away and found that I was engrossed in it as much as Firefly Lane. The way Kristin Hannah weaves you in and out of each characters lives is truly beautiful. The life challenges and self imposed demons are very thoughtfully and I think powerfully created to draw the reader in and they allow you to hold your attention over an epic story. They may even allow you to recognize some of your own traits. The really have enjoyed Susan Erickson’s narration and her ability to personify each character so well.

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  • Angie Teal

    I really liked Firefly Lane and wanted to like the follow-up novel just as much, but I didn't. The main reason is that 4 years the seemingly normal people still don't have their act together and totally fall apart... after 4 years!!! And the one person who was messed up before, Cloud/Dorothy, goes through rehab and reclaims her life. While the story is written well it contains a lot sad and bad events: domestic abuse, child molestation, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage depression. I really did not like Marah, the teenage daugther, in Firefly Lane and really started loathing her in this book. What a self-centered vapid twit. Dorothy's story was so sad it was almost too much to listen to, it broke my heart. But she really redeemed herself and became my favorite character in the book.

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