THE HARD WAY
At long last, a debut author has crossed our path and set it metaphorically ablaze. There's much to love in this story, including Lucy, the complicated and lovable main character. Told in alternating viewpoints -- sometimes Lucy speaks in first person, other times third, and even her older sister Nancy gets in her two cents' worth -- this device is well conceived and works brilliantly. This is the first novel to come around in a long while where the author needn't tell us how special her protagonist is -- it's obvious just by
reading these peeks into her life.