Oct 2005
352 pages

Playing the cards life has dealt her has left Audrey Unger anxious, obsessive and without a sense of direction. Audrey's professional poker-playing father left her and her mother behind when she was eleven, his only explanation a note that advised that "one day you'll understand this was probably for the best." Now, about to turn thirty-three and poised on the edge of her own midlife crisis -- one that has her sorting her peas into prime number groups -- Audrey makes the decision to try to find him. She's prepared to risk everything in her attempt to understand him, and to finally ask what made him choose poker over his only daughter.

Big Louie is the key to her father's gambling world -- as well as an agoraphobic, ill-tempered card genius who hasn�t left his apartment in more than two years! Fighting his own phobias, he takes Audrey on a journey of self-discovery, guiding her through the subtleties of professional poker and igniting her passion for the thrill of high-stakes gambling that her father found so alluring. Shuffling a hand that includes an overprotective boyfriend, twin magician stepbrothers and a Las Vegas con man, Audrey is propelled to a play a final game of poker that will change her life forever.

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News: New Perfect Play Cover

December 16, 2005 01:58 am
 From Vu (email)
THE PERFECT PLAY (US Paperback) (Oct 2005) is listing a different cover variant to the Perfect Play. I am assuming this is only for the US version.

It is also selling for less than Amazon, and if you spend over $25 at, shipping is free. I've bought a lot of DVDs from and they're fast and reliable.

News: Perfect Play on Paperback Available in October

September 20, 2005 03:03 am

THE PERFECT PLAY (Paperback) (Oct 2005)
The Perfect Play (Paperback)
Author: Louise Wener
ISBN: 006058548X
Format: Paperback
Publish Date: 10/1/2005
Pages: 352
Publisher: Perennial

Audrey's father is a poker shark, and now that she's well into her 30s, she's thinking that maybe poker is her destiny, too. With Big Louie as her mentor, Audrey embarks on a poker odyssey that lands her in Las Vegas. But what about her devoted boyfriend, Joe? And her plans for marriage and children and career? As she gambles for high stakes, the heroine of this witty novel learns about more than poker. Before she turned to writing fiction, the author, Louise Wener, was the lead singer for the British pop band Sleeper.

Publishers Weekly

"[A] nervy, crackling novel....Emotional but never sentimental, Wener's novel is full of wisdom about luck and skill, grace and nerve...." 03/01/2004


"[E]ngaging prose and endearing characters bode well for Wener's new career." 04/15/2004

News: The Perfect Play (UK Edition)

July 05, 2005 12:00 am
 From, thanks to
The Perfect Play
Louise Wener

UK: �7.68
Edition: Paperback

Not yet published: you may still order this title. We will dispatch it to you when we receive it from the publisher.

Product Details:
Paperback 352 pages (October 1, 2005)
Publisher: Perennial
Language: English
ISBN: 006058548X

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