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by Gail Donohue Storey

God's Country Club download ebook
ISBN:
0892552190
ISBN13:
978-0892552191
Author:
Gail Donohue Storey
Publisher:
Persea Books; 1st edition (November 1, 1996)
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Pages:
229 pages
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1725 kb
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1105 kb
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Rating:
4.8

Time and time again I was amused and intrigued by her descriptions of Texas social life - but the novel is so much more than that, and you should be prepared to question many of your assumptions about modern relationships.

God’s Country Club was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. God’s Country Club is a large-hearted, funny book. In the novel God’s Country Club (Persea Books, NY), the sequel to The Lord’s Motel, Colleen Sweeney stores most of her belongings, along with her checkered past, in a mini-warehouse. Gail Donohue Storey’s talent, like that of her characters, is for ‘living hopefully in the dark night of the soul.

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. written with great elan.

God's Country Club book. Gail Donohue Storey captivated readers with her first novel, The Lord's Motel. Gail Donohue Storey captivated readers with her first novel, The.

Gail Donohue Storey is the author of The Lord's Motel, also featuring Colleen Sweeney. Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Storey now lives with her husband, a hospice physician, in Houston, Texas.

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A hilarious and touching love story about an unlikely but, on the other hand, perfectly suited couple.

Book Overview Colleen Sweeney takes one step closer to commitment when she stores most of her belongings in a mini-warehouse and moves into Gabriel's Houston condo complex, God's Country Club.

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.

If it's not fun, don't do i. Gail Storey.

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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  • Мох
The Lord’s Motel (1992) and God’s Country Club (1996) tell the story of Colleen Sweeney’s search for love. Almost all of the reviewers on this site agree that Colleen is a charismatic narrator whose captivating story is by turns funny, sad, surprising, and consistently endearing. Sadly, some reviews charge that the novels lack substance, but this charge is completely wrong. Beneath the surface, both novels deal with serious subjects and dramatize, in the characters of Colleen and others, the damaging effects of Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) and the healing power of love and compassion. My own life has been deeply affected by CEN, so this feature of the books is of special interest to me.

CEN was not a clinical concept when these novels were published. The first clinical description of the syndrome was provided by the psychologist Jonice Webb, PhD, in her 2012 book Running on Empty (see reviews on Amazon). Webb details the psychological traits associated with CEN, shows that it exists on a spectrum from mild to severe, and makes clear that the disorder can be found in varying degrees among a surprisingly large proportion of the population. It is, in fact, a common disorder. Victims often lack a strong sense of self, feel empty, and become good at pretending to be fine when they secretly feel rootless, lonely, and sad. They suspect that “something” unspecified is wrong with them. They feel unattached and disconnected. They crave love so desperately that they’ll do almost anything to win approval, often to the extent of letting themselves be exploited. All of these traits are exhibited by Colleen in her relationships with the oddball residents of her apartment building and her quirky colleagues in the library where she works. Her CEN is especially apparent in her dysfunctional romantic relationship with Web Desiderio, a wealthy and sometimes charming young man whose idea of “love” is bound up with psychological control and kinky sex, sometimes in the context of orgies.

Given her fragile sense of self, one could expect Colleen’s life to fail miserably, but three things save her: her pluck, her remarkable intelligence, and her readily shared love and compassion. She believes in very little—for example, she thinks all belief systems about religion, politics, and manners are only arbitrary social constructs that can easily border on the absurd—but she believes in love. She also believes that information and understanding can liberate us from our limitations. In her role as a librarian, she instigates a program to deliver books to the “unserved,” those trapped in poverty or in prisons. Near the end of the first novel she meets a medical doctor, Gabriel Benedict, who is going through a divorce, and they discover that they both have the traits described above that would be recognized years later as markers for CEN. In the second novel, as Colleen and Gabriel come to understand each other more deeply, they develop self-understanding and mutual love that leads to a newfound sense of purpose, meaning, and happiness.

The serious content of these two novels is not readily visible on the surface—both offer a lot of comedy and humor—but together their underlying themes show that love and understanding can heal or at least tame the consequences of CEN. Colleen’s plucky determination illustrates that finding relief from CEN is a difficult goal that may require persistence and hope, but, with the help of therapy and caring and support, it can be done. For those lost in CEN-based feelings of isolation and emptiness, Colleen’s story serves as a kind of lighthouse that shows the way to safety and security. These two novels inspire hope. They are highly recommended for readers who suffer from CEN or know someone who suffers from it. (For information about this reviewer’s experiences with CEN and PTSD, visit amazon dot com/author/franktroy and follow the link to Beads of Water.)
  • Ichalote
Gail Storey's Colleen Sweeney is on another tirp in the cultural wilds of Houston and Ft. Worhth. Her off-the-wall incisive observations on the very essence of human feelings and instincts tempered with her original and very funny voice and style make for a book you do not want to miss.
  • Butius
Gail Donohoe Storey has done a perfect job of describing the life of a yankee transplanted into the heart of Texas. Her eye for detail about the unique Texas class distinctions is dead-on. Any Texan, former Texan or wanna-be-Texan will love the description of the debutante ball. And any book that includes a scene about Chuy's margaritas is going to get five stars from me. Obviously, the setting was my favorite part of this charming story of love and family. By and large the characters were well-drawn, and the plot was entertaining. The title has nothing to do with the book - just a cutesy phrase unwisely appended to an otherwise entertaining read.
  • Lahorns Gods
This book kept me up all night. I read it straight through. A wonderful laugh but rings sad and true underneath the humor. Applause for this strong charater and her place in Texas. And bravo for putting up with the mother-in-law.
  • Teonyo
Ms.Storey has created unforgettable characters in the very contemporary relationship of Colleen and Gabriel. The family of origin dramas, the stepmother crisis', and Colleen's attempt to explain to her Yankee boyfriend how Texas won The War, all add up to a hilarious and touching page turner. Read Storey's first book, "The Lord's Motel" for further adventures of her quirky characters
  • Granijurus
Gail Storey is so skilled at blending wit, social commentary, and personal insight that you will find yourself completely absorbed and entertained by this novel. Time and time again I was amused and intrigued by her descriptions of Texas social life -- but the novel is so much more than that, and you should be prepared to question many of your assumptions about modern relationships. I'm very much looking forward to reading more of her work!