The Hard Way

The Hard Way

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Lucy Venier changes careers and boyfriends as often as she changes her socks. Although gifted with wit and creativity, the one thing Lucy lacks is focus. While being someone she's not, be it a crime reporter or a sleep-deprived law student, Lucy's one constant is art. Her insatiable desire to create is fuelled by her offbeat life experiences. But unfortunately by day Lucy must hide her creativity under her business suit. As if figuring out her life isn't hard enough, all of Lucy's friends are getting married, and Lucy's not sure if she's capable of living happily ever after. With a string of loser former flames, giving up seems to be the best option. Then there's Ben - Lucy's Mr. Right, who comes along at completely the wrong time. In the tradition of "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing", "The Hard Way" is a scrapbook of stories from Lucy's life. As she discovers more about the people around her, will she finally begin to understand herself?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 101.6 x 165.1 x 22.86mm | 136.08g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765355868
  • 9780765355867
  • 2,226,359

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"Lucy Venier's search for happiness takes her on a bumpy but ultimately fulfilling ride in Luongo's witty debut."--"Publishers Weekly ""I absolutely fell in love with the character of Lucy. Julie Luongo is a masterful writer, nimble and quick and insanely sincere."--Stephanie Lessing, author of "Miss Understanding ""These linked stories are highly entertaining and highly intelligent, formally invigorating and emotionally satisfying. Lucy's blunders and triumphs as she negotiates sex, love, family, and the difficulties of living a creative life, make for a terrific tale, thanks to Julie Luongo's wit, her timing--and her big heart."--Daisy Fried, author of "She Didn't Mean to Do It"
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About Julie Luongo

Julie Luongo is a former university writing instructor who left the profession because she was sick of hearing herself enthuse about word economy. She spent some years in Philadelphia writing short-short plays that everyone clapped at the end of, which made her feel conflicted. Now, she lives in the Poconos where she always wears comfortable shoes in case her car breaks down and dreams of a world where she has 20/20 eyesight. She can be found online at, her blog, where she rips on bad song lyrics, commercials, and pop culture.
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101 ratings
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4 33% (33)
3 41% (41)
2 14% (14)
1 3% (3)
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