It's How You Play the Game

It's How You Play the Game

A Novel

With a cinematic wit and some emotional insight (rare from the male perspective), Jimmy Gleacher delivers his debut novel, a clever and heartfelt tale of a twentysomething guy's trip through love and relationships.
Jack Wilson's got a few problems. First, there's his ex-girlfriend, Breach -- their relationship was too perfect for any twentysomething guy in his right mind. Unable to commit, he quickly ran the other way. Since then, the dating games have spun out of control.
Now there's his new girlfriend, Hope -- she's gorgeous, exciting, smart, and quite possibly crazy. Hope's rich friends? Even crazier. Jack's life is suddenly cluttered with young, beautiful people who have a strange definition of love. Relying on fate, Jack decides to ride the situation out with little or no regard for the consequences.
A no-good gambling father, the new girlfriend's psychotic mother, and a seductive older woman aren't making things any easier. Jack's getting plenty of advice, though. If he isn't seeking the counsel of the local Mafioso deli owner, then his mom and her "Friday Night Drinking Club" are more than willing to butt in. Through it all, Jack learns that finding love and living with it depends on a set of rules, a few good moves, and a dose of luck.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743238106 | 
  • April 2002
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Chapter One: chutes&ladders

The day has arrived. To my girlfriend it means everything, to me, nothing. And though a wedding is a wedding, I'm still having trouble grasping the significance, possibly because I don't even know the bride or groom. My girlfriend saved the invitation and the envelope. I think she wanted to make a xerox of the RSVP card but I sent it back before she had a chance. This upset her. I was trying to be responsible.

The presence of Miss Hope Witherspoon and Mr. Jack Wilson was requested as a "couple." Our first such request, upon which Hope said to me, "Jack, seeing our names together like this, I don't... see more

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