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Just the Right Amount of Wrong

Just the Right Amount of Wrong

By Karen LauritzenPublisher: Sweet Woods PressISBN: 9780985859534Genre: Women's Fiction, Spiritual FictionPrice: $15.00 in paperback
Available from: Amazon

Twenty-three year old social worker Toni Margiani returns from a trip to find nearly all her possessions stolen. She places a call to the Chicago Police Department and Detective Tom Harrison returns the call. The result of that call sets both the detective and Toni on parallel paths. Toni's Italian aunts send her to St. Mary's Abbey for respite where she learns long-held family secrets and begins to reevaluate her life.
The novel is set in Chicago in the 1970s and reflects the closed club that was Mayor Richard J. Daley's political machine, AIDS, birth control pills sold in discs, shag rugs and Salvador Dali's 1967 Zodiac prints.

Karen Lauritzen's books include a memoir written in 2012 and a novel in 2023. She was awarded first place in the 2023 Porter Fleming Literary Awards in non-fiction. Both of her books have been nominated for the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.


Lauritzen portrays the “courageous terror” a victim of a socially hidden psychopath experiences and the unlikely path of restoration. All recovery is a journey of heroism and Lauritzen deeply portrays the victim’s experience of harrowing fear and courage.

Sandra l. Brown, MA, psychotherapist, author of How to Spot a Dangerous Man

Lauritzen deftly crafts the story of Toni, whose flawed and broken life propels her to St. Mary’s Abbey where she sets forth on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. The book is a page-turner and leaves readers waiting for Lauritzen’s next contribution to literary fiction.

Peggy Tabor Millin, author of Mary's Way, Women, Writing and Soul-Making and Creativity and the Sacred Feminine