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Girls' Poker Night: A Novel of High Stakes [Kindle Edition]

Jill A. Davis
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dissatisfied both with writing a “Single Girl on the Edge/ Ledge/Verge” lifestyle column and with her boyfriend (who has a name for his car and compulsively collects plastic bread ties), Ruby Capote sends her best columns and a six-pack of beer to the editor of The New York News and lands herself a new job in a new city.

In New York, Ruby undertakes the venerable tradition of Poker Night—a way (as men have always known) to eat, drink, smoke, analyze, interrupt one another, share stories, and, most of all, raise the stakes. There’s Skorka, model by profession, homewrecker by vocation; Jenn, willing to cross county lines for true love; Danielle, recently divorced, seducer of at least one father/son combo in her quest to make up for perceived “missed opportunities.”

When Ruby falls for her boss, Michael, all bets are off. He’s a challenge. He’s her editor. And he wants her to stop being quippy and clever and become the writer—and the woman—he knows she can be. Adding to Ruby’s uncertainty is his amazing yet ambiguous kiss in the elevator, and the enjoyably torturous impasse of he-loves-me, he-loves-me-not.

What happens when you realize that Mr. Right has his own unresolved past? Where does that leave the future you envisioned? Ruby knows that happy endings aren’t for cowards, and she hasn’t lost hope that there are risks worth taking. As smart as it is laugh-out-loud funny, Girls’ Poker Night is a twenty-first-century His Girl Friday and a re-freshingly upbeat look at friendship, work, and love.

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Editorial Reviews Review

Ruby Capote, the narrator of Girls' Poker Night, is your quintessential New York cynic. This persona serves her just fine in her job as a humor columnist; she's unafraid to write the most humiliating details about herself or her friends, because she truly doesn't care. But over the course of a year or so of Wednesday night poker parties with her pals, Ruby is forced to face her past--especially her sorrow over her father, who committed suicide after he left Ruby's mother. Meanwhile, Ruby comes to terms with her budding feelings for Michael, the editor of her newspaper, who, in a neat twist, turns out to be estranged from his only child (shades of Ruby's lost father). Davis, a former writer for The Late Show, does a fine job of maintaining Ruby's sharp humor while leading her through a minefield of emotional discovery. --Claire Dederer

From Publishers Weekly

When journalist Ruby Capote decides to flee boring Boston for the bright lights and hopefully more exciting world of New York City, she discovers love is still the same challenge it was in Bean Town. By turns endearing, funny and downright irritating, Capote ends one relationship with the annoying but handsome Doug and begins another with her editor boss Michael, all the while mulling things over with her circle of female poker pals. Rather like refugees from a bargain basement Sex and the City, the friends provide shaky support as Capote continues to search for meaning and happiness, both in her humor columns and in reality. Navigating the perilous waters of workplace romance, Capote wisecracks her way through until she discovers that she must deal with some real and poignant issues. Davis, herself an erstwhile newspaper columnist (and a writer for David Letterman), paints the newsroom universe and its inhabitants with colorful irony, while exuding empathy for single career women everywhere. Constructed of breezy chapters that often read like surreal "Lifestyle" columns, the trump card of this slim volume is its blend of humor and rueful sadness. The brittle Capote always has her guard up; she is quick with a quip and ready to run at a moment's notice the instant life gets serious. This amusing though somewhat dialogue-heavy first novel won't reveal the secrets of winning at poker, but it does teach an attentive reader that dealing from the bottom of the deck doesn't work. "You set yourself up for happiness or you set yourself up for sadness. Either way, it's your doing," notes Capote's therapist in an Ally McBeal-esque segment. Or in cardspeak: if you don't keep shuffling and playing, you'll never know when you'll have a winning hand. Deal.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345469674
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (February 11, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFMV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks! February 22, 2002
By A Customer
I read this book in one day. I absolutely loved it. The voice of the main character, Ruby, is hilarious. Her observations are smart, poignant, and feel so real. I felt like I was reading the diary of a friend, or maybe even my own diary. There is something so intimiate about the way the story is told that it genuinely pulls you in.
Ruby moves from Boston to New York City. She thinks all of her fears will be resolved by packing up and starting over. When she gets to the city, she gets all of her old college friends together for a weekly poker game (I'm planning my own poker night). She starts her new job at a newspaper and falls for her editor.
This is a great story about an everygirl: how she grows up and learns to make tough decisions that will ultimately lead to a more complete life. It's also about recovering from your past, and making your own future. The comedy is great and I'm sure I've never read a novel that balances the humor and sadness so well or in such a satisfying way.
The book contains a series of very short chapters, which all read like diary entries or columns. They're touching, revealing, and so incredibly funny! It's the kind of book that you can pick up, and randomly read a chapter and get a laugh. I can't say enough about this book.I just wish it was longer.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty anecdotes from a neurotic New York columnist! March 11, 2002
This book was so much fun to read. I picked up the book because it was about a neurotic journalist from New York City -- and I can relate to that -- but I got so much more than I bargained for! Wit doesn't even begin to describe this gem!
The cynical and neurotic Ruby Capote leaves her eccentric boyfriend behind and moves from Boston to NYC, where a new job as a comic columnist awaits. Capote chronicles her life in a witty way -- touching on subjects such as female bonding, love, her rather strange co-workers, her childhood traumas with her father, and Michael, the object of her desire who also happens to be her boss.
Davis wrote a novel about a real woman -- few heroines have had the sincerity Capote has. It illustrates love and relationships in a clearer (and hilarious) light. And I love the parts in which she plays poker with her girlfriends! They all have their own brand of cynicism and quirk. A true chick novel! I so recommend it!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and uplifting March 6, 2002
I'd read a lot about this book before buying it and suspected I was going to be dissapointed because there was so much hype. But it was great fun and I read it in a weekend. I can't remember the last time I did that.
I fell in love with the characters, especially Ruby, Michael, Skorka and the Cadaver. They seemed like people I know, or could know. Everyone once in a while we can all use a reminder that you can't win the big jackpot if you aren't willing to take personal risks.
Davis' writing is very funny, very real, endearing and smart. I know it's a cliche - but I did laugh out loud (a lot). To borrow a line from the book: It's cinematic, baby.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby Capote, you go girl !!! March 13, 2002
I loved it !!! I could totally relate, on oh so many levels. Just when you think you're the only gal on the block with these issues: trust, loss, and my favorite...self destructive tendencies, you're reassured. You're not.
The sad parts made you cry and the humorous parts made you howl!!
It was the perfect mix with a great message. Leap of faith, that's what life's about. We all need to be reminded of this.
Take a chance, spin the wheel. You may be surprised!!!
I know what all my sister-goddess'are getting for their birthday...this book!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Funny March 16, 2002
A great book to immerse yourself into for a weekend. I laughed even when I reread parts of it for a third time.
Ruby is a flip, funny, creative character who is ultimately also introspective and searching. I could relate to her on so many levels! Who knew there was someone out there who thought so much like me?
Loved the poker game parts, as well as Ruby's life at the newspaper. Between Skorka, Cadaver, Michael, Smelly Fred, Larry, Jenn and I was constantly being entertained!
Hope there's a sequel in the works!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Bridget April 2, 2002
Step aside, there's a new witty chic in town and her name is Ruby. I loved the book for so many reasons. It's a great story (girl dumps boyfriend & lame job and packs up and moves to the big city for a better job and a better life; she reconnects with college friends, and a Russian model and starts a weekly (hilarious) poker game; and teeters on the verge of falling in love with the most worthwhile man in fiction (usually they're thugs, cardboard cut-outs of actual men, this guy is amazing, you'll fall for him too)). Ruby is whip-smart and confident at work, but refuses to take any risks with her heart (her parents divorced, then her father died). I don't ever remember reading a romantic comedy that dealt with a character's psychology. It was interesting to learn why she was the way she was. It's a laugh out loud funny roller-coaster ride that leads the reader through the process of growing up, recovering from the past, and not losing faith. The risk, Ruby learns, is the greatest reward. In this case, the jokes are also a great reward.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried.... March 8, 2002
Wow - hello Ruby - what a treat - picked up the book because of the cover - it's just very cool, I'm sorry - and cannot rave enough about it - I was looking for something fresh- It's heartwarming, funny and brave. I never thought anyone else thought this way, until RUBY - if you want an escape, step out of your life for a few brief moments and experience the pain and joy of another- ala Girls' Poker Night - Thank you, Ruby!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good Ten Years Later. . .
I first read this book about 10 years ago, when it was first published. I remember loving it so much. Read more
Published 3 days ago by K. Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill A. Davis is my new favorite for a fun read!
Kept me engaged & laughing out loud while carrying a sweet, but serious human condition discussion. I Highly recommend this book.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Yates
4.0 out of 5 stars Shareable and re-readable!
I read this book many years ago and recommended it to several friends. After giving out my own copy, buying it again and giving out my second copy, I desperately wanted to read it... Read more
Published 15 months ago by lolathemathlete
5.0 out of 5 stars Number one read for anyone!
I had no idea what this book was about and was I pleasantly surprised. It's so funny and would be loved by anyone from 19 to 99. I just love this author.
Published 16 months ago by Grammie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really smart and cute
I know this book came out years ago so I'm a little late to the party, but my book club picked it this month. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by osufan
4.0 out of 5 stars Really quick and entertaining read
This is a good book. It has all the components to make up not want to put it down. It's funny, clever and relateable. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs and Epilogue
I thought that this book was very good, but still needed a more defined ending, and epilogue is needed. I also feel as though sometime the book was very scattered. Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by Ashley Vickery
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny chick lit
I love Jill A Davis - she is just sooo funny. The story is told by a series of emails between coworkers and friends. Read more
Published on January 13, 2009 by J. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars What a relatable character
Sure, she can be annoying, but I see so much of my own neuroses in Ruby Capote. I love this book -- I even re-read it a few years after the first time. She's real. Read more
Published on January 10, 2009 by mep
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of poker going on
Ok, I'll admit that there was some funny stuff in this book. I got many laughs out of her column but overall this woman was annoying on several levels and her friends weren't much... Read more
Published on October 29, 2008 by Princess Caffeine
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More About the Author

Jill A. Davis, born in 1966, is an American author and television writer. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America. She was nominated for 5 Emmy awards for her 6 years of work as a writer for Dave Letterman. Her first novel, Girls' Poker Night, was a New York Times bestseller. It was published in 5 languages, and twelve countries. Her second novel, Ask Again Later, also a bestseller, is now held by almost 900 libraries.

Prior to working in television, Davis was a newspaper reporter and columnist. After leaving the Late Show, she created and executive-produced a television show pilot for Dreamworks starring Tracy Pollan, Anna Says. She also wrote and published a number of screenplays, teleplays, short stories and magazine articles.

Davis, originally from Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Endicott College and Emerson College, majoring in journalism. She has an Honorary PhD of Arts & Letters from Endicott.

She is married and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.


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