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Book review and technical detail GOD'S COUNTRY CLUB ~ Gail Donohue Storey

Technical detail of GOD'S COUNTRY CLUB ~
author Gail Donohue Storey
ISBN 118346
Language English
Category Fiction & Literature
Publisher Persea Books
Pages 229
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

 In a sequel to her debut The Lord's Motel (1992), former librarian Storey continues the romantic, tongue-in-cheek adventures of the comically neurotic Colleen Sweeney, besting the urban upheavals of modern Houston. Having escaped the clutches of the lecherous Web Desiderio in the last novel, Colleen finally hooks Mr. Right in the form of Gabriel Benedict, ER doctor, tall rich Texan, and all-around sensitive guy. Colleen moves into his country club condo for a thinly veiled marriage tryout. Gabriel, who's getting in touch with his feminine side to avoid another traumatic divorce, is the man of Colleen's dreams, but, in her own words, ``Worry is how organized people like me take care of their catastrophes in advance.'' Which is not to say that the anxious Colleen doesn't have anything to worry about: To retain her job at the library, she's volunteered to take library services to the homeless, bringing her face-to-face with the less fortunate residents of Houston. Raised in the Boston projects herself, and with a father who is currently homeless, Colleen should be familiar with the ravages of poverty, though unfortunately the conversations she has with her target group are naave enough to sound like simplistic propaganda. Furthermore, once she and Gabriel become engaged, complications arise--entering into Texas society, making wedding plans, keeping her unconventional family hidden from Gabriel and his parents, Peaches and King, winning over Gabriel's obstinate son. Along the way, Storey offers comic one-liners on the absurdities of modern relationships, feminist networking, and a whole host of other post-yuppie targets, providing a Texas-size helping of zingers and satirical commentary. There's even a running analysis of the Charles and Di fiasco as a paradigm of modern love. Engaging and casually endearing, but there are no surprises here, and the ``issues'' are rendered with too heavy a hand.

Gail Donohue Storey captivated readers with her first novel, The Lord's Motel. In God's Country Club, they will find the same witty send-up of the absurdities of modern life. A very funny (and dead-on) commentary on the endless war between the sexes, the Yankees and the South, and finally, the self and its stubborn ghosts . . . written with great elan.--Rosellen Brown.

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