Join me in welcoming Katherine Reay, last year’s winner of the Inspy for Debut Fiction. Katherine’s second novel, Lizzy and Jane, has been shortlisted in this year’s General Fiction Category.
Lizzy and Jane never saw eye to eye. But when illness brings them together, they discover they may be more like Austen’s famous sisters after all.
Lizzy was only a teenager when her mother died of cancer. Shortly after, Lizzy fled from her home, her family, and her cherished nickname. After working tirelessly to hone her gift of creating magic in the kitchen, Elizabeth has climbed the culinary ladder to become the head chef of her own New York restaurant, Feast. But as her magic begins to elude her, Paul, Feast’s financial backer, brings in someone to share her responsibilities and her kitchen. So Elizabeth flees again.
In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her gift, Elizabeth returns home. But her plans are derailed when she learns that her estranged sister, Jane, is battling cancer. Elizabeth surprises everyone—including herself—when she decides to stay in Seattle and work to prepare healthy, sustaining meals for Jane as she undergoes chemotherapy. She also meets Nick and his winsome son, Matt, who, like Elizabeth, are trying to heal from the wounds of the past.
As she tends to Jane’s needs, Elizabeth’s powers begin to return to her, along with the family she left behind so long ago. Then Paul tries to entice her back to New York, and she is faced with a hard decision: stay and become Lizzy to her sister’s Jane, or return to New York and the life she worked so hard to create?
What are you listening to? Chicago has a wonderful outdoor music venue each summer, Ravinia, and we got tickets to Pink Martini and NeedToBreathe this summer so I’ve been switching back and forth getting very excited about the concerts… And one is never too far from the Zac Brown Band in this family.
What are you watching? My youngest daughter’s volleyball schedule has really cut into my TV time. As a family, we’re faithful to Jeopardy and The Amazing Race. My kids want us to apply – I think my husband and I could be the #MarriedMarathoners. I’d also like to catch up on Castle before I get too far behind and forget I ever loved the show.
What are you reading? Here are the four books I’m reading right now. I usually read four at a time and one is almost always a C.S. Lewis. I’m only on page 3 of The Conservation one, so clearly I’m finding that the least compelling… And here is my desk! Thanks so much for inviting me here!
Ahh, Katherine, we are the thankful ones! To know you’ve got a C.S. Lewis book going most of the time (I know of 2 Advisory Board Members who follow that mindset as well) in addition to the Austen references in both Lizzy & Jane and Dear Mr. Knightley, not to mention the gorgeous elephant print above your desk and the fact you love Castle. . .will you be my new best friend?!?
I know you’ll want to learn all about Katherine, especially, if you’ve read her books. If you haven’t read either of her novels, what the heck are you waiting for! In the meantime ~