Editorial Reviews for this title:
Dissatisfied both with writing a “Single Girl on the Edge/Ledge/Verge” column and with her boyfriend, Ruby Capote sends her best columns and a six-pack of beer to the editor of The New York News and lands herself a job in the big city. There, Ruby undertakes the venerable tradition of Poker Night—a way (as men have always known) to eat, drink, smoke, analyze, interrupt one another, share stories, and, most of all, raise the stakes. When Ruby falls for her boss, though, all bets are off. . . .
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
" Girls’ Poker Night is blithe, engaging, off-the-wall funny."
"Jill Davis’s Girls’ Poker Night is every man’s worst nightmare--a candid look at how the other half thinks and feels. Ruby Capote is a smart, neurotic, maddening heroine against whom very few male poker players would stand a chance. I certainly hope this is fiction.”"
-Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Model Behavior
"Jill Davis has the voice of your very best friend--funny, irreverent, gossipy, deliciously nasty but always compassionate. Just pour yourself a drink, sit back, and listen to her rant hilariously about her journey to romance and maturity."
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Pilgrims and Stern Men
"Funny, fast-moving, and disarmingly honest, Girls’ Poker Night, to use a Hollywood construct, is an American Bridget Jones meets Sex and the City, with a soulful smidgen of Bright Lights, Big City."
-Mark O’Donnell, author of Getting Over Homer and Let Nothing You Dismay
"Ruby Capote, the sparkling jewel at the center of Jill A. Davis’s brilliant debut, is wise, witty, and achingly vulnerable in the tradition of the fabulous dames of screwball comedy. I loved her and you will too!"
-Adriana Trigiani, author of Big Stone Gap and Big Cherry Holler
"Jill Davis captures exactly what it feels like to be a single woman on the verge of falling in love; what it feels like to risk everything and cross the line from distrust to trust, from not believing to believing. Girls’ Poker Night is funny, sad, and full of perfect little truths. It’s one of those rare books that you read and think, I know that woman. She’s me."
-Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry and Dating Big Bird
" Girls’ Poker Night is a smart, funny, and wonderfully grown-up novel."
-Susan Isaacs, author of Long Time No See and Lily White
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