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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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By Kim on 05-14-15
Not what I expect from Lisa Lutz
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. In fact, I told my sister to only read it if she had read and re-read everything she wanted to read.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The story jumped around so much I never really found anything interesting.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
As for her voice and her portrayal of characters, the narrator did a fine job. She didn't convey the parts that were supposed to be humorous as such. She read them flat.
Do you think How to Start a Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Any additional comments?
I have read all of Lisa Lutz's books. They are all highly entertaining. Maybe if I had read this book in print instead of listening to it, I would have found it more enjoyable.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By janet on 05-25-15
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful