I haven't shared a book review in a little while, but I really wanted to share the one I finished last night with you.
Four of a Kind by Valerie Frankel is a story of four very different women who come together under the plan that they will be on a diversity committee for their children's school.
In the beginning, it seems that the only thing any of these women have in common is the fact that their children all attend the same private school in Brooklyn. Bess is a wealthy woman who doesn't work and spends her time taking care of everyone else. Carla is an African-American doctor at a hospital clinic who keeps a tight reign on her emotions and her children. Alicia is in a marriage that has become more of a friendship than anything else. Robin is a single mother who has struggled with weight issues and seeing the positive in anything.
Upon their first meeting, they decide to play Texas Hold'em as a way to relax and get to know each other before getting down to the business of planning school events. I found it interesting that as they played cards, they opened up to each other - virtual strangers - about personal issues in their lives. It seems that when people are distracted by something else, honest conversations often happen most easily.
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