Friday, April 2, 2010

I'm back!

We had soooo much fun. It was definitely a needed break and it also brought up once again, how pretty Tennessee is, and how much I want to move there! I have some photo's I will share and some adventures that I will share, but today I am going to be busy enjoying the 80 degree weather that we are being blessed with, oh and catching up on all the blogs!

I am just into the third book of Middlesex. Bad, bad I know. But I will finish it. Just was too busy having fun on vacation to read ALLL the time! Though, I have to say the incest stuff is a bit much for me. Like, there aren't enough people in Detroit that you have to marry your cousin? UH NO.

In other news, our April's Group Read will be Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. descrpition:
From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship...

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

Have a fabulous weekend! Hope you are doing something fun!


Becky said...

Welcome back!!! Ugh, I have to admit, I gave up on Middlesex after about page 20. I just couldn't do it. I'm really excited about Firefly Lane though!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I finished Middlesex. Did not care for it. The incest stuff was just too much. And then all the sexual discovery stuff towards the end was again - too much. But dangit - I finished it! I had purchased it and I really do not like to give up on books that I have purchased. But I will be selling that one back to a used bookstore!

I read Firefly Lane this winter. I think the group will like it - it's going to be good for us to have a lighter, fun read after some of the heavier reads we've had.

Amber said...

Welcome back! So glad you had a fabulous trip and looking forward to your recap :)