[bksvol-discuss] Kristin Hannah submitted to step one

  • From: "solsticesinger" <solsticesinger@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2008 22:11:42 -0500

I have just submitted Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah to step one. I forgot to 
strip headers before submitting, but most scannos have been removed. Also, page 
breaks, and chapter headings have been protected. Here is the synopsis.

In the turbulent 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 
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 Kristin Hannah's magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three 
decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest,
Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship 
that becomes the bulkhead 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.
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 reallywants
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.

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 
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---and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . 
and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you'll never forget . . . one you'll
want to pass on to your best friend.

I am only one; but still I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do 
something. And, because I can not do everything, I will not refuse to do the 
something I can do.
Everet Edward Hale

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