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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034552540X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345525406
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Smart, witty, and satisfying.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Heart of the Matter
 
“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

About 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.

More About the Author

Valerie Frankel has written thirty books, and hopes to write many more. For more info about her books, magazine articles, cats, kids, life in Brooklyn, reviews of other people's books, go to www.valeriefrankel.com.

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I did like the book for that--four women come together for a diversity committee and become friends.
Annie B
First person writing always makes me feel closer to the narrator--when I read, I'm in her heart, not just in her head.
The Black Queen
This one is about four Brooklyn moms who are reluctantly brought together and start playing poker to pass the time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I won this book from Goodreads, having never read anything by this author I'm very glad that I won.
Valerie Frankel's writing style lays her characters bare for the world to see flaws and all. These four women not only share their weakness's with us, but also their inner strengths that have developed through their friendships and the importance of those friends. This is not a surface friendship. This is a bonded relationship that is just what these women needed.
This book reveals those inner thoughts, dilemma's and fears that run through most women's brains 24/7. Granted the thoughts are different from person to person, but it's that fear of not really being heard that keeps these inside, and I'm sure it's not a totally unfounded fear. Like other married women out there my husband tends to tune me out regardless of what I'm telling him. This is where good friends come in and pick up the slack. This is part of what this book is trying to put across, we need our friends to make our other relationships successful, unless your one of the lucky ones whose husband clings to every word and you feel like you can tell him anything, then just count your blessings. :)
This book also goes through the daily struggles that these four have going one everyday. Like organizing your children's schedule and still being able to just get to an appt on time. This is just a small exsample of the turmoil and chaos involved in running a household smoothly. There is so much going on in this book but I don't want to ruin it for anyone so I will just leave you with this, This is a great writer that really knows how to draw you into a story, and hit home the point of how important it is to have friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Annie B VINE VOICE on March 26, 2012
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I picked up Four of a Kind because I thought I'd like the friendship theme. I did like the book for that--four women come together for a diversity committee and become friends. The book was about a lot more than just women's friendship. The book took on some heavy issues like race, class, motherhood, parenting and relationships in general, just to name a few. I thought the author handled all of this very well and that the characters were well developed, if a bit cliche at times. In the end, I liked all of these women and was pulling for them in ways I wasn't expecting to. The author's humor is a bit snarky at times, but I loved it.

The poker theme was a little bit overdone for me at times, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. However, I really wish that the game explanation and term section of the book had been at the beginning of the book rather than at the end. I don't know much about any kind of poker and this would have really helped me.

Overall, a good book that delved into many issues that had me thinking, and I always love when that happens. This book had me laughing at times, rolling my eyes at others and even tearing up once or twice. I hadn't read anything by Frankel before, but I will certainly be looking into her other books. Four of a Kind would probably make a great choice for book clubs. Members might even decide to play some poker, Four of a Kind (Brooklyn)-style.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Helena on April 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is nothing like true camaraderie. This one shows great wit and a sense of humor as Brooklyn Moms turn boring Diversity meetings into a monthly poker game. They play a sort of "truth or Dare" type of "revealing their secrets" instead of using poker chips. Insightful and hilarious bonding of women....Great fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
In recent years, we have seen novels in which ladies knit, quilt, discuss books and/or cook. They exchange secrets and dispense both welcome and unwelcome advice. Valerie Frankel's "Four of a Kind" focuses on a quartet of women whose children attend Brooklyn Heights' Brownstone Institute. They assemble in one another's homes with the intention of forming a Diversity Committee. What they end up doing, however, is playing poker, drinking, and baring their souls.

Alicia Fandine works for an ad agency and is married to the unemployed and aloof Tim. Carla Morgan is a hard-working African-American physician, Robin Stern is a pollster and a single mom, and Bess Steeple is a beautiful and gregarious housewife with a hunky husband and a perpetually angry sixteen-year-old daughter. We soon learn that Alicia's son, Joe, is socially awkward; Carla's husband, Claude, is judgmental and a bit severe; and Robin has not spoken to her child's father since their one-night-stand ten years ago.

Frankel's style is sassy and her lively (albeit occasionally clichéd and predictable) plot elements effortlessly hold our interest: Will Alicia have an affair with her attractive younger colleague? Will Carla insist that Claude start treating her with the respect she deserves? Will Robin reconnect with the man who fathered her little girl? Although the tone is generally light, Frankel touches on serious themes such as the changing role of husbands and wives and the impossibility of achieving perfection in love, marriage, and one's profession. Besides teaching us about the ins and outs of poker, "Four of a Kind" celebrates the transformative power of female bonding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Hicks Jr. on February 13, 2012
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Valerie Frankel's last book Four of a Kind, is another great book carrying all of her wit and "girly" insight. Most women are familiar with her way of exposing a woman's fear, struggles and insecurities. This book is no exception except it also includes their strengths developed through friendships and the importance of those friends. Another title for the book might have been Friends. This is not a surface friendship. This is the relationship that the woman needs with other women, like Monday night football for the guys. Would these four be as revealing to anyone else, probably not. What are the struggles like picking up kids and dropping them off and dealing with spouses who are in the world during the day and the endless issues of managing a household which means all those in the household? And although this is certainly a "girly" book it is one that guys might want to read if they really want to understand their spouses and what goes on 8 to 5 when they are in the office and the need they have for friends.
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