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Girls' Poker Night: A Novel of High Stakes by [Davis, Jill A.]
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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)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2003
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFMV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on February 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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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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By A Customer on March 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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By A Customer on April 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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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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