How To Start A Fire by Lisa LutzHow To Start A Fire by Lisa Lutz

How To Start A Fire

byLisa Lutz

Paperback | May 17, 2016

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From a bestselling writer, 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 themWhen college roommates Anna and Kate find Georgiana Leoni passed out on a lawn, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire at a posh Boston mansion. The adventures, secrets, dizzying highs, and devastating lows that come between are charted with sharp wit and great empathy in this expertly crafted, delightfully unconventional novel.

Anna is the de facto leader, but her hold on life is tenuous. Quirky Kate is an easy sidekick until you push her too far. And stunning George can't keep away from the worst men. Alive with Lutz's characteristically crackling dialogue and propulsive storytelling, How to Start a Fire pulls us into the tangled bond shared by three intelligent, distinctive, and deeply real women and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we have for the family we choose.
LISA LUTZ is the author of the Spellman Files series and Heads You Lose (with David Hayward). She has won the Alex Award and has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Title:How To Start A FireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.92 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544705181

ISBN - 13:9780544705180


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing This book didn't have much of a plot. I admit I was at fault for putting it down too much, which left me confused and forgetful of what I'd previously read. Jumping back and forth with the dates really left me puzzled at times, and there were almost too many insignificant characters to keep track of. I did enjoy the story of the female trio, but seriously, what was this book about?
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Entertaining Read Although initially confusing as the story jumps all over the time line, it is a compelling read about three college friends as they make their way from young adulthood into full maturity. Humorous in parts, quite serious in others, I was entertained until the last words.
Date published: 2015-06-06

Editorial Reviews

Few books have so expertly captured the intricacies and complexities of female friendship. Whipsmart and cunning, deeply funny and profoundly moving, Lisa Lutz's How to Start A Fire is a knockout."-Megan Abbott, author of The Fever "A tale of female friendship and the families we choose for ourselves, How to Start a Fire will keep you captivated from beginning to end."- Town & Country, "9 of the Best Beach Reads for 2015" "Lutz hits a home run in this glorious exploration of friendship . . . [she] portrays three fully drawn, flawed, and compelling women with fresh insight into the mysterious terrain of female friendships-a mix of shared experiences, affection, empathy, jealousy, anger, and love."- Publishers Weekly, STARRED "The characters are marvelous? relatable and fully dimensional. This is an absorbing tale that will satisfy Spellman fans as well as women's fiction readers who like a good ensemble story."- Booklist, STARRED "Simply put, one of the best and smartest novels about female friendship I've read in ages. Anna, Kate, and George are women we know, we are, we cheer for but also cringe at. Just like life, in all of its messiness."-Sarah Weinman, Publishers Lunch, "Favorite Books of 2015, From the News Editor" "With this novel, Lutz joins the ranks of authors who write deeply and sensitively about the shadowy yet life-affirming terrain of female friendship. The characters are perfect because they are flawed and real and kind and cruel. And the story delivers staggering insights into the consequences of choice, no matter how insignificant a moment may seem at the time, as well as the meaning of forgiveness and the ways in which friends can become more like family than our own blood relations - for better or for worse."- Globe & Mail "Engaging portrait of female friendship? with wit and a gift for capturing the repartee between siblings and old friends, Lutz brings us a memorable and ultimately uplifting saga of three strong, unique women."-BookPage "A great choice for fans of women's lit and anyone who enjoys books about female friendship."- Pensacola News Journal "