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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.
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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: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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... I followed all right! (there is a list of poker-related jargon as well as different ways of playing at the end of the book!)

The story spans the course of a school year, so there are no dramatic, sudden changes : instead we witness how the four women's lives progress, little by little. There's quite some suspense as to who will end up where!
Each chapter focuses on one character in particular. Playing poker as the thread throughout the book was never overdone or fake.
It's not "friendship at first sight" between the women either - there's a lot of being guarded or wary or cynical - their bond develops progressively, just like in real life.

I won't go into the plot details here as it's been done already. What I liked about this book is the great insight it gave into each of the four women's lives -maybe Carla and Bess in particular.
I found it really interesting to get "behind the scenes" of what it means to be a doctor in a public clinic, what it's like to face (sometimes unreasonably) demanding patients, and all of that in the midst of an economic crisis - bringing up the pressure of making choices you don't really feel like making, because you have a mortgage and children.
Bess'life "from the inside" was just as good. There is no cliché here (no spoiled, rich, unhappy housewife), but the very tangible reality of a generous mother, who cares a lot about others (too much?) but doesn't always stand up for herself. The depiction of her teenage daughter becoming aggressive and distant is very striking.

This may sound like heavy stuff, but the humor throughout and the excitement of the poker lightens the mood - it's actually a pretty light-hearted story overall. I enjoyed it a lot!
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