The sequel to Firefly Lane: how Fly Away could inspire future seasons

Have you read the Firefly Lane book sequel yet?

Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke, "Firefly Lane" (2020)
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The sequel to Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah may well have got a lot of people talking after they reached the end of Netflix’s hit adaptation. The ending of Firefly Lane has everything we could ever want to watch unfold on-screen - drama, tension and definitely a lot of unanswered questions. Based upon one of the best books, Netflix's Firefly Lane stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke as close friends Tully and Kate. Bonded together in childhood, their friendship grows in strength throughout the years until it reaches breaking point in the final episode. 

Fans of the show will no doubt have been left wondering why Tully and Kate stopped talking and whether we’ll ever get to the bottom of it in a potential Firefly Lane second season. Though book-readers may feel like they have a little extra insight, being clued up on all the Firefly Lane book vs show differences - and the explanation that is given for their estrangement in the novel. 

The Firefly Lane book is certainly worth picking up one of your best eReaders and losing yourself in the world of Tully and Kate - and so is the sequel...

Is there a Firefly Lane book sequel?

Netflix’s Firefly Lane often deviates from the Firefly Lane book, with characters being added in, timeframes being adjusted, or even a particularly significant death being omitted. It’s this which may cause people to wonder exactly how things could be different from the book if we do indeed get a season 2. 

Having only covered part of Kristin's book, there’s certainly plenty of material left to bring to life in the show. And Kristin didn’t stop at one Firefly Lane novel when it came to telling Tully and Kate’s story. 

In her Firefly Lane sequel, Fly Away, Kristin goes into greater detail about what happens in the future - with some pretty shocking reveals...

What happens in the Firefly Lane book sequel?

Perhaps one of the biggest - and most heartbreaking - differences between the Firefly Lane book and the show is that in the book, Kate dies. In Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane, Kate tragically passes away from cancer, but not before finally making peace with her friend after their estrangement. 

She asks Tully to look out for her husband Johnny (they don’t divorce in the book) and their children (the book depicts them having three). 

In Fly Away, the Firefly Lane book sequel, the story follows Tully in the years following the death of her best friend. Fly Away follows Tully, Kate’s daughter Marah and Tully’s mother Cloud, also known as Dorothy, tracing their journeys past and present.

All three have lost their way, but can they manage to find the path back to each other?

What has Kristin Hannah said about the sequel to Firefly Lane?

In a past interview with Bookreporter.com, author Kristin was asked what inspired her to return to the world of Kate and Tully. She revealed: “I always knew that someday I would return to the world of FIREFLY LANE. It is the only book I've ever written where I knew that there was more to the story.”

She continued: “Over the years, the characters nagged at me. Every once in a while, I would find myself turning over story ideas and asking the classic writer-question, "What if?" I just had to know why Dorothy was the kind of person she was and how Tully and Marah would survive without Kate. Because I lost my own mother when I was much too young, I know intimately that one person can sometimes hold an entire family together, and the loss of that person is devastating. It can take you years to get back on your feet. That's really the theme of FLY AWAY --- how to let go of someone you love and go on.”

Are you tempted to read the Firefly Lane book sequel?