Four of a Kind: A Novelby Valerie Frankel
Besides the fact that their kids all attend the same fashionable Brooklyn Heights private school, Bess, Robin, Carla, and Alicia have little in common. Thrown together on the tony school’s Diversity Committee, the women impulsively turn their awkward first meeting into a boisterous game of poker. Instead of betting with chips or pocket change, however, they
Besides the fact that their kids all attend the same fashionable Brooklyn Heights private school, Bess, Robin, Carla, and Alicia have little in common. Thrown together on the tony school’s Diversity Committee, the women impulsively turn their awkward first meeting into a boisterous game of poker. Instead of betting with chips or pocket change, however, they play for intimate secrets about their lives.
As the Diversity Commitee meetings become a highly anticipated monthly ritual, the new friends reveal more with each game. Picture-perfect housewife Bess struggles to relate to her surly teenage daughter and judgmental mother. Robin, a single mom, grapples with the truth concerning her child’s real father. Carla, an ambitious doctor, attempts to balance the colossal demands of her family with her dream of owning her own private practice. And to distract herself from her troubled marriage, shy copywriter Alicia fantasizes about an attractive younger colleague.
Putting all their cards on the table, the four women grow to rely on one another, bracing for one final showdown.
“Valerie Frankel is one of a kind. Her novel Four of a Kind is by turns moving and hilarious—a great read.”—Nancy Thayer, author of Heat Wave
“The perfect antidote for today’s harried mother. While making me laugh on every page, Valerie Frankel’s insightful novel introduced me to four wonderful new friends I’ll never forget.”—Beth Harbison, author of Always Something There to Remind Me
Transcends the conventions of chick lit to dramatize complex and timely issues.
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Meet the Author
Valerie Frankel received critical acclaim for her bestselling memoirs, Thin Is the New Happy and It’s Hard Not to Hate You. She is the author of fifteen novels, including The Accidental Virgin, and is a journalist much in demand. Her writing has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Self, Good Housekeeping and The New York Times, among others. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her two daughters, four cats, and husband, opera singer Stephen Quint.
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a light easy read....if you want a summer book to sit on the sand and get through quickly this is it. I liked the book. although i am more use to in-depth reading and a larger plot. The women are all fairly likeable, some more than others. If just seemed a bit unrealistic that four women could take off for the casino and leave behind their husbands, children, etc.... I would however, search for another book written by the author and read it because it was pretty good.
I love contemporary books about women and their friendships. I know nothing about poker, have to say that I still don't understand it at all but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I found it interesting that the characters grew as their friendship grew. As with all of us, they question themselves and question their friendship with each other. There are things they like about each other and things they learn that they don't like so much....just like me. I wish Valerie Frankel would write a sequel, particularly following Robin's storyline. This was a great summer read.
I bought this and thought it would be boring but it turned out to be one of the best books I've read! Valerie Frankel has a way with words that makes ther book constantly intresting, it never got boring. There were a lot of surprises you would never expect and it was very unique and relistic -- the setting in NYC. Highly recommended, awesome novel!!!
Nice quick read.
I really enjoyed Four of A Kind. The author could not have created a group of more different women. They say opposites attract and that could not be more obvious with these women. I really enjoyed how much the women gained from each other. Whether it be the strength for Carla to stand up to her husband, or Bess to stand up to her mother, each of the women grow as women because of the strength of their friends. As their relationships with each other grew, so did their desire to correct the wrongs in their life, one way or another. When the chips are down, the strength of their friendships pull them together in a way that none of them expected. Bottom line, I think women of all walks of life can learn something from Bess and her friends. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, but when together, they all become stronger. I think Robin & Bess were my two favorite characters. Robin for her sense of humor and Bess for her ability to bring people together. If you are looking for a good book to read with your girlfriends, give this one a shot. It may even prompt you to start your own weekly poker game. *wink,wink*
Well paced with a great story line
Entertaining! Exciting! Best book ever!