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Play On!

Judy Dearlove


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Play On is a warm and entertaining novel set in a retirement community. In pursuit of an improbable goal, Maxine gathers an eclectic band of bridge buddies from her community and a few eccentric young people for an adventure that becomes part cat-and-mouse caper and part soul-searching quest. Together, they confront age discrimination, a nearly estranged daughter, the tribulations of technology, and a cunning adversary. Ultimately, however, Maxine's greatest challenge comes from within. In the end, she has 24 hours to set things right.

Play On celebrates the resiliency and creativity of characters who acknowledge their own mortality while embracing the life-affirming values of friendship and solidarity. Breaking through the limitations of age, they pursue their dreams with grace, great good humor, and a skilled sense of gamesmanship.

Praise For Play On!

“This is the funniest book I’ve read in years. Dearlove gives us characters to believe in, whip-smart dialogue, and a plot that keeps us reading. A must-read book.” — Frank McNair, author of the novel Life on the Line

Play On! is a fast-paced, witty, engaging exploration of the lives of real people who happen to be aging. At once hilarious and moving, it ponders friendship, family, and mortality through the lens of one woman’s quest to do what is right.” — Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian, Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University

“Daily life in an Arizona retirement community may seem like an unlikely topic for a novel. But Judy Dearlove’s gift for quirky details that define an ensemble of lovable characters makes this novel sing. Add a few local drag queens into the mix, and you’ve got a revolution in elder care. This is a brisk and joyful first novel by a wise woman.” — Georgann Eubanks, Author of Literary Trails series and The Month of Their Ripening from UNC Press

Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the S, 9780996082679, 338pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2019

About the Author

Judy Dearlove has enjoyed a variety of careers: English professor, technical writer, manager of ergonomic engineers, director of a college tutoring center, and novelist. She lives and writes in Durham, North Carolina.