Play On! (Paperback)

By Judy Dearlove

RCWMS, 9780996082679, 322pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2019

List Price: 25.00*
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Play On! celebrates the resilience and creativity of characters who acknowledge their own mortality while following their dreams with grace, great good humor, and a skilled sense of gamesmanship. In pursuit of an improbable goal, Maxine gathers an eclectic band of bridge buddies from her retirement center and a few eccentric young people for an adventure that becomes part cat-and-mouse caper and part soul-searching quest.

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.

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