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May 29, 2001 | 416 Pages

Ebook $5.99

Jun 27, 2006 | 416 Pages

  • Ebook $5.99

    Jun 27, 2006 | 416 Pages


"Rice brings her signature sensitivity to this beautifully textured summertime read. … rings with truth and warmth … a lovely celebration of sisterhood, summer and survival."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Exciting, emotional, terrific. What more could you want?"—The New York Times Book Review

"Luanne Rice proves herself a nimble virtuoso."—Washington Post Book World

"Rice has an elegant style, a sharp eye, and a real warmth. In her hands families, and their values … seem worth cherishing."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Rice makes us believe that healing is possible."—Chicago Tribune

"Rice’s trademarks are fine writing, a good eye for small detail, and an uncanny way of conveying the mysterious glue that holds families together."
Kirkus Reviews , starred review

"Luanne Rice touches the deepest, most tender corners of the heart."
– Tami Hoag, author of Dust to Dust

Author Q&A

In Firefly Beach, you describe the sister relationships as "geometric." What do you mean by that?

When I do write books about sisters, I get letters from readers who are sisters, and they tell what it is like for them. This response is so important to me: writing is such a solitary existence in that when I am writing I am alone. And this can be for days and weeks. And of course I am one of three sisters. Firefly Beach is primarily about what happens when the geometry of a relationship changes. In the case of this novel, the change is love—Caroline finds her love again with Joe, and the change in her causes monumental shifts in the relationship with her sisters. Suddenly all this emotional landscape shifts and things come to the surface that have been covered for years and years. As beautiful as the love is for Caroline, the change is frightening and that’s a very real thing.

\What makes the sibling connection such a powerful theme in your novels?

My first published short story was called "July," and it began with: "When we were young, my sisters and I would sit around and Olivia would say, "We came out of the same body.’ It was true, and amazing." That says all, or at least most, of what I feel about the sibling relationship. It’s mystical, almost beyond words.

You come into this world with the same blood, grow up under the same roof, know the words to the same songs, borrow each others’ sweaters, make prank calls together, grieve over the same lost pets, race each other to the raft, vie for the attentions of the summer cop, search the tide line at Little Beach for blue sea glass and jingle shells. Age differences don’t matter, gender doesn’t matter, even feuds and estrangements don’t matter. As my mother used to say when I was growing up, "You’ll have many friends in life, but only two sisters." She was right. And I’ll never stop writing about it.

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