Dissatisfied both with writing a "Single Girl on the Edge" lifestyle column and with her boyfriend (who has a name for his car and compulsively collects plastic bread ties), Ruby Capote sends her best columns and a six-pack of beer to the editor of The New York News and lands herself a new job in a new city. In New York, Ruby undertakes the venerable tradition of Poker Night - a way (as men have always known) to eat, drink, smoke, analyse, interrupt one another, share stories, and, most of all, raise the stakes. There's Skorka, model by profession, homewrecker by vocation; Jenn, willing to travel as far as it takes for true love; Danielle, recently divorced, seducer of at least one father/son combo in her quest to make up for perceived 'missed opportunities.' When Ruby falls for her editor, Michael, all bets are off. He's a challenge - and something of an enigma. But is he merely interested in making Ruby a better writer - or a better prospective girlfriend?
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(197mm x 129mm x 17mm)
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Ruby Capote writes humour columns for a small Boston newspaper. Realizing that her relationship with the deadly dull Doug is going nowhere, fast, she sends a six-pack of beer and resume to the editor of the New York News. When she finally lands the job and escapes to what she thinks will be a new beginning, she doesn't reckon on falling in love with her boss, Michael, whose sense of humour is on the same kooky level as her own. Alcohol-fuelled nights spent playing poker with her closest friends turn into confessionals; secrets are divulged, weaknesses revealed. While she is always ready with advice for the problems of others, she has quite a few of her own that she is steadfastly ignoring. Ruby is smart and sassy, but as her relationship with Michael develops, she is yet again fearful of committing, although to her long-suffering friends it seems as if he is her ideal match. Nursing a strong sense of paternal rejection from her parents' divorce, Ruby's childhood fears threaten to destroy the one man who seems to understand her. Soon her daily columns begin to reflect the turmoil within and then even her friends begin to lose patience. It is down to Ruby to let go of her childhood fears and accept that she too is worthy of love. An obvious member of the 'chick-lit' genre, this is a disappointing first novel. The plot is patchy and thin and Ruby herself is strangely unlovable. Her tedious self-pity is grating - no doubt she is supposed to be a bittersweet heroine, but she merely comes across as irritating. It is impossible to engage with such self-absorption, so the reader loses interest in her. The book is split into myriad small chapters, each with its own heading, which is meant to mimic newspaper columns, but only serves to make a poorly put-together storyline more difficult to follow. Altogether, a self-indulgent study of middle-class America, with a tiresome first-person narrative and sloppy writing style. (Kirkus UK)
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