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 boy leads us through his surreal encounter with a mysterious backwoods toddler who turns out to be anything but ordinary.
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The firefly dance
I was a little disappointed by the book. My own fault I am sure. Each story was interesting but left me wanting more of an ending. In one you are involved in the story then you turn the page and feel as though time ran out and the author hurriedly ended it! One I didn't understand at all! One ended and I didn't realize it. Thought I just went onto a different chapter not a different story.
Great, quick read
Overall I enjoyed this book. It is divided into separate sections each written by a different author so it can seem a little choppy but that's how it is set up. The stories are really engaging and my criticism is that you get so caught up in them, that when the section ends it is disappointing because you want the characters story to continue. Easy, quick enjoyable read.
The firefly Dance
Wonderful book! Now I have a few new authors to chase after! Love it!