Fire in the Firefly


A wicked Richleresque satire about a charismatic advertising executive and the three beautiful women who turn his life upside down.

Julius Roebuck is the creative director of a successful ad agency, husband to the headstrong Anne, and father to three lively children. He is also the attentive lover of a poet named Lily.

When his wife’s beautiful friend Yasmin announces her plan to get pregnant and describes him as the perfect sperm donor, Julius is startled at first. Then he decides that if she wants his DNA, she must also want him. Julius would have no trouble hopping into bed with Yasmin, but more children are out of the question. When he has a secret vasectomy to ensure there are no mistakes, his already-complicated life spirals out of control …

Fire in the Firefly is a wickedly funny satire about love, relationships, and the perennial war between the sexes.


Dewey Diva Picks


Farce isn't the kindest or most compassionate of genres and Fire in the Firefly stays true to that rule. No one in it deserves Brownie badges (unless there's a new one for juggling lies). And that's the idea. Saints acting with kindness and generosity is beside the point.

Toronto Star

A rich, dark and highly accomplished debut.

Ottawa Citizen, for The Dominion of Wyley McFadden

Marvelous and wickedly satirical.

Ottawa Citizen, for King John of Canada

A Richlerian skewering...hugely entertaining.

Toronto Star, for King John of Canada


This Magazine, for King John of Canada

A brilliant storyteller, Scott Gardiner clearly knows his way around men and women and the bonds they make and break. By turns, funny and melancholy, but always thought-provoking, Fire in the Firefly will stay with you for a very long time.

Terry Fallis, bestselling author of The Best Laid Plains

About the Author

Scott Gardiner

Posted by Kendra on June 16, 2015
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Scott Gardiner

Scott Gardiner began his career in journalism at Maclean’s and has written for Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, and Canadian Geographic. He is also the author of The Dominion of Wyley McFadden and King John of Canada.