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Publisher Description

When paramedics find a malnourished six-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is—and why he won't speak. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mountain Between Us comes a story of self-discovery, healing, and hope.

On a stifling summer day, an old Chevy Impala ignored the warning signals and was annihilated by the oncoming train. What no one realized until much later was that the driver had paused just before entering the tracks and kicked a small boy out of the car. A small boy with broken glasses who is clutching a notebook with all his might . . . but who never speaks.

Chase Walker was one of the lucky ones. He was in foster care as a child, but he finally ended up with a family who loved him and cared for him. Now, as a journalist for the local paper, he’s moved on and put the past behind him. But when he’s assigned the story of this young boy, painful, haunting questions about his own childhood begin to rise to the surface.

And as Chase Walker discovers, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive—and as magical—as chasing fireflies on a summer night.

Praise for Chasing Fireflies:

“Colorful, memorable characters; Southern regional flavor that’s drop-dead accurate; and lyrical, intelligent writing make Chasing Fireflies an exceptionally good read.” —Aspiring Retail

“Martin understands the power of story and he uses it to alter the souls and lives of both his characters and his readers . . .” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
Full-length emotive Southern fictionIncludes reading group guide for book clubsBonus! This e-book contains an excerpt from Long Way Gone.

Fiction & Literature
February 10
Thomas Nelson

Customer Reviews

hmatt625 ,

Story in story

I would consider this book not only great story telling but good insight into family; what creates a family, how a family loves and especially the relationship between father and son.

amycubs7 ,


I reread this for the first time in 12 years or so. Sobbed for 20 minutes when I finished. Charles Martin has a way of getting under your skin, making the characters true to life. Plan to sleep very little after you pick this up!

MrsDowns11 ,

Sooo good!

This book made Charles Martin one of my favorite authors. It was the first of his books that I've read and have since read several more. Love how he can capture imagery through his words. Powerful story of grace and redemption.

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