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A Tight Grip: A Novel about Golf, Love Affairs, and Women of a Certain Age Paperback – June 10, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193831476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938314766
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A must read for any woman who plays golf, values long-term friendships, or relates to the ups and downs of middle age. Tee it up with 46-year old Par Parker as she obsesses about winning a match-play golf tournament while dealing with distractions she could never have predicted. Kay Rae Chomic has written an entertaining novel set in my hometown of Jackson, Michigan. The story has humor, relatable characters, and high drama—on and off the course. I recommend reading this book on the beach, on vacation, as an escape, or just to spend time with characters you might like as friends.” —Elaine Crosby, LPGA and Legends Tour Member

"Par is a golf champion, unhappy wife, bereaved lover, bereft empty-nester, jealous sister, and a good friend. This "pack" of women friends, three plus Par, is what saves her life and what makes "A Tight Grip" a different sort of novel. A great read with an unexpected and very gratifying happy ending." - Priscilla Long, author of The Writer's Portable Mentor and other works.

"Chockablock with all the perils and passions of competition in both life and golf, Chomic's A TIGHT GRIP is a winner. Fans of golf and women's fiction will gobble it up." —Roberta Isleib (Lucy Burdette), author of MURDER WITH GANACHE and SIX STROKES UNDER.

About the Author

Kay developed her writing skills by earning certificates in fiction and non-fiction writing from the University of Washington, being part of a writing group, and taking classes at the Hugo House in Seattle. Kay has a BA in marketing from Michigan State University, and a MBA in management from Golden Gate University. Much of the golf action in this novel was taken from Kay’s competitive golf experiences. When she’s not writing, or working on the business of writing, Kay loves to swim, travel, and promote literacy by working as a tutor.

More About the Author

Kay Rae Chomic developed her writing skills by earning certificates in fiction and non-fiction writing from the University of Washington, being part of a writing group, participating in readings, taking classes and attending events at the Hugo House.

Flash fiction was Kay's first writing focus. After winning an international short story contest, she felt empowered to begin a novel with plans on stringing together the flash to finish it. Her first novel, A TIGHT GRIP, is being published by She Writes Press. Much of the golf action in this novel was taken from Kay's competitive golf experiences. Some highlights: youngest person, at fifteen, to be medalist and make it into the finals of the Jackson county match play tournament; played at the local, state, college, and national level; best round: 73; one hole-in-one; life-long friendships made.

Raised in Michigan, Kay began her migration west after graduating from college. She has lived in Denver, Phoenix, and since 1990, Seattle. An avid career changer, Kay spent a decade in the business world in four different industries, fifteen years teaching in a business school, and three years as a transit instructor. She earned a BA in marketing from Michigan State University, and a MBA in management from Golden Gate University.

Kay's happy to report her left and right brain have stopped wrestling, and now play nicely together. When she's not writing, or working on the business of writing, she loves to swim, travel, and promote literacy by working as a tutor.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Houser on June 15, 2014
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Par Parker and her pack of friends share career and marriage ups & downs, aging angst, legal run-ins, and bad hair cuts. Their love for each other, and of free-spirit Isadora Duncan, sees them through these and other troubles and triumphs.

This cast of characters is well done, and it all comes together in a great way. Golfers and non-golfers alike will enjoy the affirmation of life's birdies and bogeys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M on June 28, 2014
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This novel is a great read, a page-turner that was hard to put down. Everyone probably goes through a period of life when things fall apart, and I could feel for the main’s character ordeal as she deals with family problems, alcoholism, and even a stint in jail. Without spoiling the plot, I can say that the heroine of the story, Jane Parker, deals with letting go of the past and trying to keep her family together all while trying to accomplish her dream: winning a golf tournament. Even though English is my second language, the novel was an easy and a very enjoyable read, and I had no problem following the plot. Overall, a great book and I would highly recommend the book to anyone looking for a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Fornoff on June 21, 2014
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This golf-and-life novel for women features a complex, nuanced protagonist named Par who is just like the game she plays -- sometimes lovable, sometimes despicable. Par is a fabulous middle-aged golfer who is facing her personal challenges not so fabulously as she prepares for the city championship. Kay Rae Chomic creates such a compelling cast of characters, you want to hang out with them (and eat with them -- don't read this book hungry) as they tackle the soap opera of life. The book had a tight grip on me, and I am betting that readers will not quit until they've finished the whole 18. As for Par... we'll just have to see. Will she win? Lose? Quit? Do community service? No spoilers from here!
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" A Tight Grip" by Kay Rae Chomic is a delightfully whimsical tale that's centered around golf, friendships and the joys and perils of middle age. It begins when forty-six year old Janet Harriett Parker Swink (Par), a local golf champion is stopped for running a red light on the way home. With her husband Nick vomiting in the back seat Par assumes that Dee-Dee Virgil will give her a warning and send them on their way, but the officer who's proud of her arrest record takes her into custody. Hating change that undermines her control and with immense pride in her reputation on and off the green, Par is distraught to find herself caged in a cell by a power tripping cop with a long- standing grudge. Knowing that the women's match-play tournament is days away and fearing rumors of being arrested for drunken driving Par is not surprised when a front page newspaper article paints her as a reckless drunk driver. But this is only one of multiple problems that will send Par scurrying for support from her three closest friends.

In a plot spun with secrets, lies, betrayal and tragedy, Par finds the routine of her life suddenly swamped with troubles from a DUI charge, to bad publicity, family problems, and the stress of a bad swing. Trying to get over the murder of her father, and the death of her lover, Par finds solace not in her damaged marriage but in the warmth and support of her friends Carmen Noble, Gail Whitman-Black and Pinky Hill. Woven into a narrative that quickly heats up as events unfold, Par learns about the positive change that can come from adversity which helps transform her into a better friend, wife, mother and athlete.
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