Praise for The Hard Way

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The Hard Way by Julie Luongo

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About The Hard Way

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 fueled 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?


Praise for The Hard Way

“I absolutely fell in love with the character of Lucy. Julie Luongo is a masterful writer, nimble and quick and insanely sincere.”

“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.”

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What the Book Jacket Says About Me

JULIE LUONGO has worked as a university instructor, freelance writer, researcher, editor, reporter, and business consultant. She’s written about theater, fishing, and entertainment. Luongo lives in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. This is her first novel.

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The Forge Details

The Hard Way

By Julie Luongo

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Trade Paperback

Forge Books
On Sale: 5/27/2008
Size:5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
Pages: 272

General Fiction – General Fiction


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