Four of a Kind by Valerie Frankel
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Besides the fact that their kids all attend the same fashionable Brooklyn Heights private school, Bess, Robin, Carla, and Alicia have little in common. Thrown together on the tony school’s Diversity Committee, the women impulsively turn their awkward first meeting into a boisterous game of poker. Instead of betting with chips or pocket change, however, they play for intimate secrets about their lives.
 
As the Diversity Commitee meetings become a highly anticipated monthly ritual, the new friends reveal more with each game. Picture-perfect housewife Bess struggles to relate to her surly teenage daughter and judgmental mother. Robin, a single mom, grapples with the truth concerning her child’s real father. Carla, an ambitious doctor, attempts to balance the colossal demands of her family with her dream of owning her own private practice. And to distract herself from her troubled marriage, shy copywriter Alicia fantasizes about an attractive younger colleague.
 
Putting all their cards on the table, the four women grow to rely on one another, bracing for one final showdown.




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About Valerie Frankel

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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.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 354 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the poker nights progress, diversity in the politically correct sense is never discussed: instead the women find that their new connection is more and more crucial as each faces turning points, including Claude’s impending job loss, Alicia’s affair with a younger colleague, the unexpected reap...

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In this engaging novel, seasoned author Frankel (It’s Hard Not to Hate You) creates four compelling female characters who lead wildly different lives but have one thing in common: their children all attend the same New York private school.

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“Four of a Kind” (Ballantine Trade Paperback Original, $15) by Valerie Frankel is a fun book about how four radically different women become best friends.

Mar 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Four of a Kind: A Novel

Huntington News

Carla, Bess, Alicia and Robin have nothing in common besides having children enrolled in an uber-pricey (how about $32,000 a year tuition pricey?) Brooklyn Heights private school, but a tentative poker game in Valerie Frankel's "Four of a Kind" (Ballantine Books trade paperback, 352 pages, $15.00...

Feb 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Four of a Kind: A Novel

Chick Lit Central

When I found out that "Four of a Kind," by Valerie Frankel, was about four women who exchange secrets with each other, I knew I had to check it out!

Feb 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Four of a Kind: A Novel

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