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The Firefly Dance (2006)

by Sarah Addison Allen

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A book of short stories about growing up and lessons learned, seeing the world through a child's eyes and how decisions made by the adults in their lives impacts them. The stories are feel-good and down to earth.

This is an easy and enjoyable read. ( )
  liezkl | Jun 17, 2012 |
Interesting short story collection, contains four stories, all told from the viewpoint of childhood. Easy to read, my favorite was Petey, loved the magical realism in that one as well as the characters. Sarah Addison Allen is a favorite author of mine, and while I did like that characters of Louise and Aunt Sophie, thought my usual feeling of wonder was not there. ( )
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Jewel-like immortal
does not boast of its length of years
but of the scintillating point of its moment.

The child ever dwells in the mystery of ageless time
unobscured by the dust of history.
--Fireflies, excerpt, Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941, India
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0984125868, Paperback)

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.

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This collection of novellas reveal that childhood is sweetly sad and sadly sweet; profound and deceptively easy to categorize, yet poignant to remember.

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