With publication rights already sold in over 20 countries and movie plans underway at Paramount, Lisa Lutz's delightful book should prove to be one of the most widely read—and talked about—literary debuts of the year. He just got a divorce and all he can think about is his ex wife.There has never been a heroine quite like Isabel Spellman, or a fictional family exactly like the Spellmans.The laugh-out-loud antics that Lisa Lutz cooks up for this strangely loveable dysfunctional brood vault into the pantheon of comic crime novels that includes the work of Carl Hiassen and Jasper Fforde.Her parents, Albert and Olivia, co-owners of Spellman Investigations, think nothing of placing their daughter under 24-hour surveillance simply to find out if she has a new boyfriend.David, her perfect older brother, who escaped the family business by becoming a lawyer, is hypercritical of just about everything Isabel says, wears, or does.While other parents might be happy to learn that their daughter is dating a professional man, Olivia Spellman has a pathological distrust of dentists.
Ski season is rapidly approaching, so we may have a chance to get out and see some of those lost areas (or even ski them, if the are not posted). Snider with a picture of a Mission Hills ski patch.Apparently, Mission Hills was an earlier name for the area we had identified as Iroquois Mountain outside of Sault Ste. If you have any information about this area, please post it on our new ski area page for Mission Hills.Mark also sent us an intriguing picture of a wall full of old ski patches.She came to bring him a gift that would hopefully help him get over this rough phase.As she paces her gift down, she sees that the place is just as much of a wreck as he is, and decides to help clean up.