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Four of a Kind: A Novel Paperback – February 7, 2012
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“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
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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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story, quick easy read. Just not inspiring, deep or entertaining enough for me to recommend it to friends.Published 5 days ago by Linda Mitchell
Interesting dynamic ,four totally different women end up together at their children's school. Good example of the diversity and problems that effect all people,we're more alike... Read morePublished 1 month ago by book girl
loved the book.... a different story line for a change and could really relate to the characters.Published 1 month ago by karie Jones
I had thought "four of a kind" referred to women finding that they had something in common; a reason to become friends. This is not about that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lolly
Liked the honesty among the ladies.shows all walks of life can be friends if we try.Published 2 months ago by Jill Newton