Novel Tells Story of 20 Years of Friendship Between Three Women
Tune in Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST for an interview with Lisa Lutz, author of HOW TO START A FIRE. Lutz is best known for her comic mystery novel series featuring the Spellmans, a family of private investigators set in San Franicisco. With her new novel, HOW TO START A FIRE she tells a wild, sad, funny story of twenty years in the friendship of three very different women.
In our light hearted interview we discussed how her new novel has some autobiographical elements, her decision to leave the Spellmans behind, and her new thriller novel coming out in March, THE PASSENGER.
I was joined in the interview by KAZI Book Review contributor Tim Chamberlain.
How to Start a Fire, tells a wild, sad, funny story of twenty years in the friendship of three very different women. Thrown together in college, they grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them.
When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgiana Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between—the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives—is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness in this meticulously constructed novel.
Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless—moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman (“If you go home with him, might I suggest breathing through your mouth”). And then there’s George: the most desired woman in any room, and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.
Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz’s books so beloved, How to Start a Fire pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George’s complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose.
Lisa Lutz Bio
Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, The Spellmans Strike Again, Trail of the Spellmans, Spellman Six: The Next Generation (previously published as The Last Word), Heads You Lose (with David Hayward), and the children’s book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, How to Start a Fire, was published in May 2015. Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Although she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the University of Leeds in England, and San Francisco State University, she still does not have a bachelor’s degree. Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping through a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting the screenplay Plan B, a mob comedy. After the film was made in 2000, she vowed she would never write another screenplay. Lisa lives in a town you’ve never heard of in upstate New York.