The Poker Players by Edward A. Dreyfus

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This is yet another book that I took my own time getting round to. I do not know what part of the blurb tempted me to request because it had a very different storyline than my usual reads.
A group of septuagenarians have been playing poker for decades and managed to refrain from personal conversations. Once chance mention of a divorce being finalized, and everyone starts to question their relationship. Some of them want a deeper relationship than they have had previously. Each has a different story, as well as a different type of secret. The secrets change their lives in small and big ways. They are colourful characters with no two people being the same or suffering through identical issues.
I found the narrative style a little clunky, and the characters are like caricatures with the most obvious of behavioural traits based on where their ancestors were from. This might have been done purposefully to drive their differences and similarities home, but it made it hard for me to appreciate the seriousness of what was being discussed. Once I got used to the writing style, I managed to finish the book with some warmth for all involved and the way things turn out.
I would not read another like this, but I am glad I gave this one a shot. I would recommend it to anyone looking out for something different and straightforward.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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