We loved him in “Pretty in Pink,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Less Than Zero” and “Lipstick Jungle.” We have enjoyed his directorial work on “Orange Is the New Black” and “The Blacklist.” And we thrilled to his best-selling travel memoir “The Longest Way Home.”
So WAG will be front and center for Andrew’s debut novel, “Just Fly Away” (Algonquin Young Readers, $17.95, 272 pages), which he’ll read from 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at Barnes & Noble’s new concept store in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center in Eastchester. (It’s also known as our home away from home. A great restaurant. Books and related items in a sleek space. A soon-to-be opened patio. Is it heaven, or what?)
But back to Andrew’s novel: When 15-year-old Lucy Willows discovers she has an 8-year-old brother living just a few blocks away – the result of her father’s brief affair – she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her life. How could Lucy’s father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn’t her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is?
Her father’s secret becomes her own and isolates Lucy from her friends and other family. Telling no one – and with little cash in her pocket, no plan and not even a change of clothes –Lucy vanishes from home and hits the road looking for answers, determined to get to the bottom of her family’s habits of lies and secrets.
Andrew was traveling for a writing assignment when he says Lucy’s voice came to him. Like her creator, Lucy is a thinker and a seeker whose journey, always partly interior, takes her from her backyard picnic table on a road trip through New York and Boston and past the lobster shacks along the rocky coast of Maine.
“Lucy is going to be a great adult,” he says. “She just has to get there.”
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