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Fly Away Paperback – March 25, 2014
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About the Author
- Publisher : Griffin; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 441 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250031818
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250031815
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.54 x 1.18 x 8.23 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Harpchick on November 10, 2019
I can't find anything to say about Fly Away. For me it was pages about nothing. I finished the book yesterday and already the characters names are forgotten.
Perhaps this genre is written for a different type reader.
I LOVED this book so much! I found myself reading very slowly and savoring each moment and everything these characters were going through. This and Firefly Lane are absolutely in my top 5 reads - EVER! The way this Author writes is amazing and you feel the characters and you're right there with them in the story. I highly HIGHLY recommend this one! **Read Firefly Lane first**
I don't think it's depressing. It's REAL. Depression, addiction and hard life lessons are part of a journey for these characters. I think Kristin Hannah walks you through painful losses, lessons and you get to see the character's growth and perseverance in the end. Don't get discourage, it's a great read.
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Everything that I loved about Firefly Lane was missing in this novel. I previously cared about the characters, by the time I was halfway though this novel I was past caring about any of them.
Somewhere between the end of Firefly Lane and the beginning of Fly Away I can only assume that Johnny and Tully had had a serious falling out because at the start Tully was no longer considered to be part of the family. This set off a series of conflicts on which the novel hinged. The story jumped about quite a bit as we followed each character on their personal path to self destruction. Some of it was told in dreams, other parts in flashbacks (and even some of the flashbacks had flashbacks), as we walked with them on their trail of dependency, self abuse and despair. For variety, this tale of unhappiness was narrated to us in first and third person. There was a lot of repetition presumably to make sure we fully understood how screwed up they all were. To be honest the whole thing felt like a jigsaw where the pieces have been so badly made they just don’t fit together properly. To help guide us along the timeline of this maze of misery the author does provide us with dates and even times in some of the chapter headings.
There was very little respite as we heard one sad story after another. There was a ray of hope for the reader when Tullys mother appeared as a reformed character but even then it was not long before we were whiplashed back into her past to hear her tale of woe, although - to be fair - at least it fitted in with her character.
This book was dealing with grief, and, in my view, not terribly well. One of the things I left in my review about Firefly Lane was that the conflict and events didn’t seem contrived, it was part of the reason I loved the book so much. Well all I can say is that for me, the opposite is true for this novel. Many (not all) of the events seemed shoe-horned into the plot presumably in an effort to increase conflict. In truth, I think the author betrayed her characters.
It did get a bit better towards the end when the characters started to emerge from their grief, transformed themselves and started to play nicely.
I read this novel on my Kindle, and one of the things that did surprise me was the number of formatting/editing errors there were. I only spotted a couple in Firefly Lane - there were many more in this novel. Very odd.
All of that said it appears a lot of people did like this book, so if you enjoyed Firefly Lane give it a go and judge it for yourself. It just wasn’t for me. Thank you.
I gave it another chance a couple of months later when the sleepless nights eased off, and I've just finished it. It was still a little depressing to be honest - I can see that the author tries to inject an air of nostalgia in the book, but actually ends up injecting too much sadness into the lives of these characters. That said, the characters are well formed and you can relate to them, they are very believable.
As someone else has commented, there is far too much repetition of the first book, Firefly Lane, which I felt was unnecessary. The other thing that is really annoying in this second book is that the author flits back and forth from one era to another without much cohesion; this does make it a bit frustrating at times as you're not always entirely sure what point in time the characters are at.
Overall, this isn't a bad book, and I would read more by this author as she is very talented without a doubt, but it's not as good as Firefly Lane. If you want a tear jerker, then maybe give it a go... on the other hand if you want a cheery book of pure escapism, this isn't for you!
The characters are so likeable and the story is written so well from different points of view.
I would highly recommend and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
The story starts in 2010 four years after Kate's death, but also moves back in time to show what has happened in the intervening years. We also meet Cloud again, Tully's mother, and finally we learn about her and what shaped her into the person she became. This was really good reading which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It is a very moving story, at times I had a few tears in my eye and, like the author's other books, is extremely readable with excellent characters that you can really relate to and care for. It was almost like meeting old friends again. As I said before, it is a more sombre read with a lot of heartache to be worked through and there is plenty of drama still to come in everyone's lives. A really good read - not the happiest of books certainly, it is very sad indeed, but one that will make you think about your relationships with your own loved ones, and appreciate what you have.
This was based around the family that Kate had to leave behind.
Johnny, her daughter and two young sons and her forever friend Tully.
As always, a poignant read from Kristen Hannah where you read with occasional lumps in your throat, tissues at the ready and an emotional mess at the end although a happy sad feeling.
I’m so glad I took the time to read this. I’ve been wanting to for ages.