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The Poker Players.

The Poker Players

Edward A. Dreyfus

Enchanted Villa Press

9781080589647, $14.99, Paper, $2.99, Kindle

A group of men in their 70s gathers weekly for their beloved poker game in The Poker Players, but their game is just that: an emotions-barred affair that involves beer, gambling, and little more, until George's divorce is revealed. It's an event six months in the making that he's been unable to talk about to the men he's known for thirty years. Each poker game and each chapter brings a new revelation. It turns out that each player holds a close emotional secret that shocks the group and further reinforces the fact that these men's interactions have been anything but close despite the decades of familiarity and a shared gaming interest. As readers absorb this progression of events, they receive much information about self-discovery, intimacy, sharing, and men's emotional make-ups. It turns out that The Poker Players isn't about poker, but the larger challenge of forming meaningful relationships in life. Readers interested in psychological connections between men and the impact of honesty on all kinds of relationships and life choices will find The Poker Players a vivid, exciting exploration of what happens when risks are taken in safe environments and the Pandora's Box of intimacy is opened.

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Publication:Children's Bookwatch
Article Type:E-book review
Date:Dec 1, 2019
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