When BlogHer approached me about reviewing Fly Away, the latest novel from best-selling author Kristin Hannah, I was intrigued by the novel’s central theme of three women who had lost their way. So many of my interviewees have described a feeling of being lost when their marriage ended, of not knowing who they were, of walking in the shadow of who they used to be.I also experienced that … I felt numb. I felt I was going through the motions of life experiencing only a narrow range of feelings. I was withdrawing socially and I could feel myself gradually slipping into depression. The voice inside my head was telling me that this was how it was going to be: I’d made my choices and I’d have to live with them, no matter what. And yet there was also another voice whispering, “But… I don’t want to live like this,” and that voice gradually grew stronger and louder.
Fly Away also expresses that feeling of a need for change, and finding hope. It’s emotionally complex, interwoven with layers of love, family, motherhood, loss and ultimately redemption. It’s written in a first-person narrative style with the narration moving between the three women. Kristin Hannah is a master at her craft and does this so well that she quickly had me captivated. I found myself wanting to rush through the pages to find out how these women find their paths and what the promised redemption looks like and yet, I knew from my own path that growth is in the journey. It can’t be rushed and nor should this novel. To do so would mean skipping over Hannah’s vividly descriptive writing that allows you to conjure up images so colorful and detailed that you could be watching a DVD.
Kristin Hannah fans will recognize the main characters, Kate and Tully from her Firefly Lane novel which tells the story of how their friendship came to be. But if you haven’t read this, don’t let that discourage you from picking up Fly Away (also now available in paperback). I’ll confess that this is my first Kristin Hannah novel–I’m a convert–and reading Fly Away makes me want to read Firefly Lane to see how it all started.