Just Enough

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After her best friend abandons small-town Casey in New York City alone, out of necessity she moves in with Luc, a volatile, but alluring, chef. Casey, teaching high school English while she finishes her PhD, is clever and compassionate; but she is also plagued with deeply rooted insecurities firmly planted by a controlling and critical mother. So, when Luc begins to fall for her, she doesn’t believe she could ever be good enough for him.

Luc’s mother, who is all about appearances, reinforces Casey’s diffidence, insisting that her son deserves better than the woman she describes as “short, fat, and with hair that is a nest of curls.” And when Casey goes home with Luc for Thanksgiving, she meets his model ex-girlfriend and sees, first hand, that she is definitely not Luc’s type. Yet in spite of these insecurities, Luc makes her feel more loved than she ever has; she is so flattered by his unfamiliar affections that she quickly dismisses any nagging doubts and lets herself fall in love with him.

But, when Luc’s erratic moods manifest as anger and aggression toward Casey, to protect their relationship, she begins to shut down, desperately hoping to avoid conflict, yet losing herself in the process.

It isn’t until she meets Danny, a firefighter still recovering from 9/11, that Casey is able to reclaim a part of herself.

By that point, it may be too late.

Through it all, Casey learns that in life, meaning isn’t found in the decisions we make; significance is born from the culpability we are willing to accept for our choices. Our actions are never good, or bad; they are defined only through the reality we attach to them and the way we use them to create our truths – the secrets we keep, the lies we tell ourselves, the words left unspoken.

JUST ENOUGH is about what happens when people don’t speak the words that need to be spoken. It is about love and loss and finding a way to be satisfied with what you have, when what you want is so much more.

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