Firefly Lane has been a hit for Netflix and fans are eagerly waiting for the second part of the second season. Even if you enjoyed the show, you may not realize that it was based partly on a book by the same name. For those who have already finished the book or are looking for similar reads based on the show, here are a few novels that you can enjoy until the next installment is released.
This is sort of a cheat, but Firefly Lane is technically a series by Kristin Hannah. While the Netflix show is based on the first book, fans will definitely enjoy the extension in the second book. Fly Away is a novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings. It follows the lives of Tully Hart, Marah Ryan, and Dorothy Hart who are brought together by a single, tragic choice and a phone call. Each of these women has lost her way, but they come together and transform their lives through love, hope, and forgiveness.
Beyond the Moonlit Sea: A Novel
Beyond the Moonlit Sea is a novel that follows two women, Olivia Hamilton and Melanie Brown, whose paths intersect when they both become involved in searching for answers related to the disappearance of Olivia's husband, Dean, who vanished over the Bermuda Triangle. Olivia must come to terms with the possibility that Dean may never return, while Melanie is dealing with the loss of her mother and struggling to restart her life. The discovery of a connection between the two women leads to the revelation of secrets that question everything Olivia believed about her marriage and husband.
The Memory of Things: A Novel
The Memory of Things is a coming-of-age story that deals with loss and love, similar to Firefly Lane. It is set on September 11, 2001, and follows the journey of a teenage girl who escapes the destruction of the World Trade Center. The story is a poignant and heart-wrenching tale that will touch the hearts of readers.
The Light We Lost
Lucy and Gabe, who meet as seniors at Columbia University, have a life-altering encounter that changes them forever. They both aim to make their lives matter and meet again a year later, but their careers take them on different paths with Gabe becoming a photojournalist in the Middle East and Lucy pursuing a career in New York. The Light We Lost explores their journey as it spans over thirteen years and includes experiences of love, desires, jealousies, and betrayals.
Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, struggling to find her place in two cultures and working at a national newspaper where she feels inferior to her white middle-class peers. After a breakup with her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie makes poor decisions in search of comfort and grapples with the questions all women face as they search for meaning in a world trying to define them. With relatable and honest prose, Queenie explores the struggles of being a modern woman.
Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel
Little Fires Everywhere tells the story of the Richardson family, who live in the planned community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and their encounter with the mysterious Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl. The Richardsons are drawn to the mother-daughter duo, but Mia's mysterious past and disregard for the status quo threaten to upset the community's carefully ordered way of life. The book explores themes of secrets, identity, motherhood, and the consequences of blindly following the rules.
With the Fire on High
With the Fire on High is a story about Emoni Santiago, a teenage mother who must make tough decisions for her daughter and her abuela. Cooking is her escape, where she adds magic to her dishes and creates straight-up goodness. Although she aspires to become a chef, she believes it's not achievable. However, once she starts cooking, her talent takes over and she can no longer resist letting it flourish.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Want a witty, fun read that still explores relatable themes? Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a novel about Bernadette Fox, a woman who is seen as a fearless opinion leader, a disgrace, a revolutionary architect, and a best friend and mother to her daughter Bee. After Bernadette disappears, Bee pieces together emails, official documents, and secret correspondence to find her, resulting in a touching and captivating story about a mother and daughter's relationship in an absurd world.
Mad Honey: A Novel
In Mad Honey, Olivia McAfee starts a new life in her hometown of Adams, New Hampshire, after her husband's dark side ruined her picture-perfect life in Boston. Meanwhile, Lily Campanello and her mom move to Adams for a fresh start in her final year of high school. Asher, Olivia's son, and Lily cross paths and fall in love, but when Lily dies and Asher is questioned by police, Olivia must defend her son's innocence while acknowledging his hidden secrets and flashes of his father's temper. Mad Honey is a suspenseful novel about the secrets we keep and the risks we take to become ourselves, woven with an unforgettable love story.
If you’ve finished Firefly Lane and are dying for something similar while you wait for the next installment of episodes, check out these novels that will pull you in the same way the show (or original book) did.