Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fix You by Beck Anderson


When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home. 

Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.

But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep. 

Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.


The Footsteps I Follow: Authors I Admire

Since he figures somewhat prominently in Fix You, I have to go with Ernest Hemingway.  Many women find this to be odd, because he has a reputation for being quite the macho man/chauvinist/womanizer, but I find him to be very much obsessed in his writing with love and romance.  The Sun Also Rises is awesome and holds the record for most kick-ass, sarcastic last line in a book ever: “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

One of the few things that the main character of Fix You, Kelly, and I do have in common is that we’ve both been in Hemingway’s house in Sun Valley.  I wasn’t sneaking in – I got a look around when I was attending a week-long seminar on Hemingway.  I actually stood at his stand-up desk where he wrote (he had a bad back, too).  I count myself lucky. 

I admire Hemingway because he lived a big life, and I believe he tried very hard to consciously maximize his time here on earth.  If I have half the experiences he did, I think I’d be doing pretty well.  I’d skip the two plane crashes he survived, though!

About the Author:

Beck Anderson believes in the power of perfectly imperfect women and in the healing power of love. Her new novel, Fix You, grew out of those beliefs and the time to write afforded by the worst Thanksgiving blizzard she’s ever witnessed in West Yellowstone.


For Beck, the path to published novelist has taken lots of twists and turns, including a degree in anthropology, a stint as a ticket seller at a ski resort, a much-loved career as a high school English teacher, and a long tenure as a member of the best writing group ever, hands down.

Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.

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