Kathryn Lucas it is what it is

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My family died when I was fifteen. I witnessed a friend die when I was sixteen. I died when I was seventeen. And that is just the beginning.
So begins it is what it is, a memoir that explores love, betrayal, death, guilt and the journey to find peace. Part 1, which spans 1970-1987, introduces Kathryn s family two brothers she adores, one she fears, her once radiant but increasingly enraged mother, and her charismatic father who uses Kathryn to facilitate what, in 1985, would become a nationally publicized affair. Kathryn attempts to regain peace in that aftermath, but one year later witnesses a friend die as he is hit by a boat driven by an intoxicated friend at the lake behind her home. She tries to salvage peace again. But a year later she is in a car accident and pronounced dead at the scene. Part 2 covers 1988-2003. Life continues, but Kathryn is grappling with a hefty past as she searches for peace. At age thirty-three she finds it. But two weeks later a tragedy that pales the horror of watching her friend disappear beneath the water occurs. How she tackles that calamity reveals to the readers her method for making sense of life and enables them to understand not only how she finds peace, but if she feels lucky.
it is what it is is about a gal whose had an unusual life as well as an unusual way of making sense of it. With a tone that is generally light and witty, the book is about an ordinary person being put through extraordinary challenges and never losing hope. It s about the unexpected happening. While sheer page-turning entertainment for some, it will help others put the challenges they face into perspective or realize that they are not alone in being challenged. Readers relate to the book because they ve endured experiences or emotions similar to Kathryn s...or because they simply love an intense, engrossing read.

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Born in Plattsburgh, New York in 1970 and raised in LaGrange, Georgia, I now live in the West Village of the loveliest city I know, New York, where I am an aspiring author...as well as editor, publisher, literary agent, and publicist.
Now, I must admit that I didn t always want to be an author (or editor, publisher, literary agent, and publicist). In fact, becoming one never crossed my mind, for I knew when I was quite young that I wanted to be an architect. As such, from the age of five I carried a sketchpad to download my imagination s creations. And in high school I took both drafting classes and worked for a local architect to prepare for the five-year architecture program I completed at Auburn University in 1993. I then practiced architecture in Atlanta, Georgia for seven years - started with sports facility and correctional institution work, but quickly shifted my focus to elementary schools. I relished designing and overseeing the construction of award-winning schools, because I was a part of a team that provided thousands of kids with a stimulating environment in which to learn and grow. I was making a difference. But I wanted to make a difference at a grander scale. So in 2000 I moved to Philadelphia to attend Wharton with the goal of opening new doors to accomplish that. Upon getting my MBA in 2002, unexpectedly faced with a tough job market I began to do what many had been urging me to find the time to do for years write about my life. I actually never thought I d find the time. But there I was with tons of it. So I turned that tense situation into an introspective opportunity and wrote from August 2002 until June 2003. I then moved to New York City and joined Forest City Ratner Companies, where I became a project manager on Atlantic Yards, a seven million square foot development in Brooklyn, New York designed by Frank Gehry. And as that project was grand in scale and promised to make a profound impact, I felt I was now doing what I d set out to when I made the decision to go to business school. I worked on that project until June of 2007, when a turn of events led me to rededicate myself to my memoir. And although some speculate that I am committing professional suicide, I believe I could make more of an impact now than at any other point in my professional life! Time, tenacity and sheer luck will tell.
My family died when I was fifteen. I witnessed a friend die when I was sixteen. I died when I was seventeen. And that is just the beginning.
And so it is, as I am now thirty-eight and striving to make my first book, a memoir that opens with the above statements and is called it is what it is, a success.

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