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God's country club : a novel
Storey, Gail Donohue.
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New York : Persea Books, [1996]

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229 pages ; 22 cm
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Sequel to: The Lord's motel.
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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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Booklist Review

Following her first novel, The Lord's Motel, Storey has created another work that addresses the difficulties of relationships, families, and single life, continuing the saga of the previous novel's heroine, Colleen Sweeney. Sweeney now has moved into a condo with her lover, Gabriel Benedict. To add to the confusion of her new living arrangement, Sweeney, a librarian, is currently involved in a project that brings library services to the homeless, which leads to emotional involvement with many of the patrons and stirs up sad memories of her own underprivileged childhood. Meanwhile, Benedict, a wealthy doctor and member of the Texas gentry, has proposed; and while Sweeney debates marrying him, she also has to deal with her itinerant father, who has appeared on the scene in very bad health, and her brother's hatred of their father. Sweeney is a likable figure, and the mix of humor and pathos, combined with Sweeney's unrelenting attempts to bring harmony to her life, results in a satisfying, well-crafted story. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1996)0892552190Kathleen Hughes

Publisher's Weekly Review

Storey (The Lord's Motel) and her heroine Colleen Sweeney return in this lighthearted, though earnest, tale of modern love with its accompanying doubts, societal obligations and challenges to make peace with a checkered past. Houston librarian Colleen, originally from Boston, embarks on a library outreach program to the homeless in an effort to salvage her downsized job. At the same time, she moves in with Dr. Gabriel Benedict, a levelheaded ER medic still licking his wounds from a recent divorce. After a year of dating, Colleen feels drawn to Gabriel but wrestles with many typical emotional "issues": the effects of her own broken home and a childhood in the projects of Boston where her semi-homeless father still lives; her craving for intimacy; and her daunting armory of self-defense mechanisms. With its sprightly, sometimes wildly humorous repartee, the novel deftly details Colleen's relationships with Gabriel, her shopping-maniac friend Gigi and with Gabriel's too-Texan-for-words parents, Peaches and King. However, Colleen's nagging problems drag the rather lightweight story down, adding little of redemptive or original value. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Fans of Colleen Sweeney, a politically correct librarian with a checkered sexual past, will be happy to learn she's back. At the end of The Lord's Motel (LJ 9/1/92), she had just met Gabriel Benedict, a serious young doctor working in an emergency room. In this sequel, she moves into his condo in God's Country Club and struggles to make the relationship work. Although he seems to be Mr. Right, there are challenges. He's from a wealthy family in Fort Worth; she's from a dysfunctional family and has a homeless father. While Gabriel's mother spends her days at a spa, Colleen interviews homeless people to develop a library services outreach program for the disadvantaged. Can this couple find happiness in today's complicated world? The novel is filled with clashes between the sexes, races, classes, and the North and South. However, the issues are handled with good humor, so they don't become tedious. Recommended.‘Kimberly G. Allen, MCI Corp. Information Resources Ctr., Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.