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Country Club Wives Paperback – January 21, 2012
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Sandra Gurvis did a remarkable job using first person narrative by giving detailed descriptions of Tish’s thoughts: “My whole life is built on deceit and unspoken thoughts.” Gurvis has a talent for being creative with words just like a comedian: “I took pains to hide the bristly instruments of torture,” when making fun of herself and speaking of her hair. I can tell Gurvis loves to write. And I loved reading this book.
Susan's late husband, Gary, had been a leading OB/GYN in Columbus Ohio. And with his respectable reputation came perks, such as season tickets on the 50-yard line to Ohio State football games. Susan had obtained those tickets upon her husband's death. Now, Patricia's (Tish's) ex-husband, Brian McLean, was the beneficiary of those coveted tickets.
How did that happen?
Tish had a degree in nursing, and clung to her aspirations to open up her own veterinarian business after obtaining her associate degree in business. Brian and she had a son, Evan. Brian came from a well-to-do family, owners of McLean's Fine Furniture. Tish had grown up in an upper-class neighborhood near Boston with four siblings: Lisa, Cassie, Robin, and Caroline. Brian and she had met at his alma mater, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After marriage, they lived in Upper Arlington. Tish's sister-in-law, Cecilia (Ce-Ce)--married to Brian's older brother, Brett McLean--had talked Tish into having a complimentary tennis lesson at the New Wellington Country Club, with hopes of persuading Brian and her to become members of "The Club." After all, she had recently inherited a hefty monetary sum ($250,000) upon her father, Vincent Spinoza's death. He was an MD, a family practitioner. With Evan's college trust set aside, Brian and Tish hadn't decided if they should buy a new house, or a new car, or take a trip to Europe. . . The possibilities seemed endless because the cash seemed bottomless. Tish's older sis, Lisa, and her husband, Nate, suggested that she talk to a financial adviser.
Upon taking the complimentary tennis lesson, Tish meets Susan and Shelia. Soon, the four of them, including Cecilia, become friends. They jestingly labeled themselves the "Drama Queens," after they became tennis buddies at The Club. Yes, Brian and Tish make the move to New Wellington where "Georgian architecture with slate roofs" was king and code. They are considering a modest house either in Pickett Village or Crescent. And yes, they join The Club. They now had couple friends: Susan and Gary, Shelia and Todd.
Like all human beings, no one was a stranger to heartbreak and hardships; one friend would fight breast cancer, and another would deal with divorce. Not to be excluded from life's chaos, financial struggles, infidelity, kids afoul of the law (Evan has ADD, and finds himself in trouble), and there's the usual angst of mid-life living.
Tish's money is dwindling fast, and she can't give an account for where it is going. Could her husband be the culprit, after all, he knew about finances to the penny.
Tish had been married to Brian McLean for over twenty years when their marriage ended. Now that she was divorced, well. . .what was to happen to Tish's dreams and aspirations?
When Brian hooked up with Susan, nearly one-year after their divorce, Tish was livid! She hated them both!
Would you call Susan a "frienemy"?
Can the very married Dr. Nick Fairchild be of help to Tish?
What horrible fate met Elena, Nick's wife?
There is a fascinating cast of characters in this novel. To name a few: Chloe, Mable (Brian's mother) Donna, Jack, Emily, Crystal, Frey, Elena, Eli and Janice Katz (of Katz Enterprises), Jim Gladstone, Vern, Alan Donnelly, Timothy Harris, and Dean McAllister.
Country Club Wives is an intriguing novel with a drop of The Stepford Wives, and a dollop of The Women (1939-Clare Boothe Luce's play)
This inspiring story will have you laughing, contemplating, sympathizing; it will even raise your dander. The reader will experience a "wealth" of emotions, and Sandra Gurvis will make you a cheerleader for Tish's success.