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THE NOBLE HUSTLE: Darkly Humorous

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The Noble Hustleby Colson Whitehead
Reviewed by Andrew H.

Colson Whitehead’s latest, The Noble Hustle,is the darkly humorous tale of him joining the World Series of Poker (WSOP) after a lifetime of playing $5 buy in games with friends. The book opens with the definition of anhedonia, which is an inability to feel pleasure. Whitehead peppers the tale with anecdotes about the customs of his fictional home country, the Republic of Anhedonia. I’m sure that other anhedonians will find some small pleasure in The Noble Hustle, recognizing Whitehead’s self-deprecating humor as a familiarity in their own lives.

The Noble Hustle is funny, but the humor is couched in Whitehead’s own depression and his lack of poker skills when it comes to tournament style play. It’s a dry, dark humor, but it is pitch perfect. The WSOP is as big a tournament one can enter, so the cards…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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