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Will Lutwick

San Francisco, California, United States

Author of "Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji." a seriocomic memoir published in 2012 by Peace Corps Writers.

Available on Amazon in print and Kindle:

In the “Dodging Machetes” central plot, a quirky Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji falls for a beautiful, rebellious, but off-limits Indian girl. When their liaison is outed, a community firestorm erupts and violence ensues. Will the besieged lovers stay together, or will a hostile world tear them apart? “Romeo and Juliet” meets “Eat, Pray, Love” in this account of two star-crossed lovers in a tropical paradise.

The book has achieved the following:

• “Dodging Machetes” won the 2012 USA Best Book Award for Mulitcultural Non-Fiction. (It is also in the running for other awards that have not yet been announced; the book is still early in its awards period.)

• The professional critics have unanimously raved about Dodging Machetes:

"In his beautifully written memoir...he relays these memories with neither bitterness nor self-serving pity--just a good dose of humor and intelligence...He shares thoughtful insight into Fiji's exotic history and society...Off-the-charts hysterical. An unabashed, candid memoir that continually entertains and educates."

"An eye-opening story about love, loss, and discrimination...Not only is this an exciting memoir, but it's a great modern day Romeo and Juliet tale. You can tell that this book was a passionate labor of love. Each page is as addicting as the last, with great emotional elements driving the story. This is a great book for those looking for a well-rounded love story with a few laughs and a lot of heart." Five Stars.

"Lutwick's memoir is a fun romp through the tropics, featuring forbidden love and outrageous cross-cultural miscommunications. Part ‘South Pacific’ and part adventure comedy, Lutwick's book is all heart. I cheered for him every step of the way."
--JULIA SCHEERES, Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Land and A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

"...entertaining and thought provoking...This is a fine example of what a memoir can be...episodic, fast paced chapters. Once I started, I could not stop and yet, found myself thinking about his story and its themes long after the highlighted passages began to fade. If you enjoy a roller-coaster memoir, you'll love ‘Dodging Machetes.’ It will probably win awards. Five stars."
--PEACE CORPS WORLDWIDE by LAWRENCE F. LIHOSIT, author of the bible on Peace Corps memoirs, Peace Corps Experience: Write and Publish Your Memoir

"Much delight I have in this author. You do a great job of seamlessly weaving the back story and the main plot. You are so vivid with your words. It's light-hearted and educational at the same time. It's movie-friendly. ‘Dodging Machetes’ kept me from beginning to end."
--STARLA FAYE, host of Two Talk Books on LA Talk Radio in her interview with Will Lutwick

“The beauty of ‘Dodging Machetes’ is not just that Lutwick tells the story of his experience with literally laugh-out-loud humor, depth, insight and candor, but that he does so with such honesty, transparency and…self-reflection…You can rest assured that it won’t take long to read this book since you won’t be able to put it down."
--UNDERRATED READS by Julie Kessler, author of Fifty-Fifty

“This fun and adventurous love story was well written and entertaining…incorporating great dialog…he produced a memoir with the feel of a novel, instead of a narrative. I recommend ‘Dodging Machetes’ by Will Lutwick to anyone who enjoys a light, fun romance adventure in a multicultural setting. I found it entertaining and also informative about Fiji, as well as the Indian culture.”

• An overall reader review rating on Amazon of 4.92 out of 5 stars.

• Sales milestones on Amazon:
-- Number one Travel Biography Hot New Release
-- Number ten among all Travel Biographies
-- Perennial number one Fiji History book
-- Perennial number one "Most Wished For" among Fiji History books

• One of only 39 books recommended in 2012 by social network, UmeNow

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji