The Firefly Dance

The Firefly Dance

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by Sarah Addison Allen, Kathryn Magendie, Phyllis Schieber
     
 

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Bright lights flicker in the dark evenings of summer. Pinpoints of hope float against the black descent of night. The sweetest of small and innocent creatures finds its way through the shadows. Fireflies seem to dance on sheer air, illuminating the space between heartbeats.

Children give off a similar brave glow, despite the challenges of their young lives. The

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Bright lights flicker in the dark evenings of summer. Pinpoints of hope float against the black descent of night. The sweetest of small and innocent creatures finds its way through the shadows. Fireflies seem to dance on sheer air, illuminating the space between heartbeats.

Children give off a similar brave glow, despite the challenges of their young lives. The lessons of childhood are often painful, the shedding of fragile wings in the gloam of an uncertain future. These rich novellas are small jewels reflecting the essence of what it means to grow up dancing among the shadows of life, carrying a brave, small beacon because you know that even the brightest days always, always, end in darkness.

Childhood can be so sweetly sad and sadly sweet, profound and deceptively easy to categorize, yet poignant to remember.

New York Times bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen (GARDEN SPELLS, SUGAR QUEEN, THE PEACH KEEPER) anchors THE FIREFLY DANCE with her wistful and funny novella about Louise, a North Carolina girl whose keen observations of the lives around her weaves an unforgettable spell with just a hint of everyday magic.

Phyllis Schieber's Sonya, a child of Holocaust survivors, is confronted with the responsibilities of her legacy when she has a poignant encounter with a classmate, another child of survivors, and her mother, in a local shop in their 1970's New York neighborhood.

Kathryn Magendie's Petey deals wryly with her family's move from the cool blue mountains of North Carolina to the hot flatlands of Texas.

Augusta Trobaugh's stoic Georgia girl leads us through her surreal encounter with a mysterious backwoods toddler who turns out to be anything but ordinary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984125869
Publisher:
BelleBooks
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
145,146
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Firefly Dance 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
GoodeRead More than 1 year ago
The stories were very short and was an easy read for short stories. Yet....Nothing to write home about. I love Sarah Addison Allen books and was hoping that this was a newer book, as I am waiting with baited breath for her next book. I hope anyone reading this book does not judge Sarah Addison Allen by this book.
TropicalHouston More than 1 year ago
Like another reviewer, I was waiting for a new novel from Sarah Addison Allen. I enjoy her books and love her writing style. When I purchased this book, I overlooked the fact that it was short stories from other authors as well as Ms. Allen. I did enjoy Ms. Allen's story as well as the one by Phyllis Schieber but did not find the other two authors very interesting. I'm waiting for another novel by Sarah Addison Allen!
chloeLH More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's work and purchased Firefly Dance in order to read her short story. I enjoyed the short stories. They were a nice leisure read. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick escape into simple life stories. Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's work and purchased Firefly Dance in order to read her short story. This was a nice relaxing read that I was able to pick up and put down at my leisure. I enjoyed the stories, but did not find any to be particualry outstanding works. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick escape into simple life stories. Don't expect anything extrodinary from these tales.
Beckyloohoo More than 1 year ago
I received a copy this book for review from NetGalley. This book is actually a collection of 4 short stories written by different authors. They are not meant to be sweet or pretty memories, but rather more like lessons learned in childhood that were carried over into adulthood. Each story is different in it's theme and length and well-written. However, I would have liked to have seen the stories have some underlying common theme to them to help feel like they were connected in some way. As it is, I felt like they were kind of random. The second story was quite long and I felt it rambled much more than it needed to. I felt like I was pushing myself to finish it. The third story was a little confusing for me so even though I read it I still don't feel like I know what it was really about. I think that the problem might lie in me, not the stories. These are not the typical stories that I read but it sounded interesting, so I wanted to try it. The stories themselves were well-written for the most part, but I think just not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never given book only one star before, but this one was just awful. The four short stories included are pretty much pointless. Even Sarah Addiso Allen's story was barely readable. I feel as if the authors were just putting a bunch of crap together just to fill an order. If they don't have astory idea, they really shoildn't write. Junk like this just hurts their reputations. Stepanie Clanahan
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I've read all ofSarah's revious novels and liked them. She missed the mark on this one!! It is not worth buying.
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You know you can put more then two peopl per patrol and lionmoon hasnt been here for a while
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Lionmoon andi r the same cat . And i make the patrols jow im firestrs jointleader