How to Start a Fire

  • by Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From a New York Times best-selling author comes a story of unexpected friendship - three women thrown together in college who 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 Georgianna 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 courses 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.


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Customer Reviews

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Appallingly Bad

What would have made How to Start a Fire better?

I can't imagine how this book got published.

Has How to Start a Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

If the genre is bad writing, poor plot and irritating characters, then yes, I am turned off to other books in this genre.

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- Tara F. Gallagher

Read this book - don't listen to it

I strongly recommend this book be read rather than played. The chapters skip back and forth to various decades and it was very hard to keep track, especially if you only listen to a few chapters a day like I did. I'm playing it again so I can catch some of the details that I missed the first time. Overall the story was interesting and well-written, but I wanted it told in chronological order. I've read all of Lutz's other books and found them hilarious. This book is not funny.
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- janet

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.