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Orca Book Publishers Spring 2016 Trade

Epic Game
By (author): William Kowalski
William Kowalski


Rapid Reads - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Mar 08, 2016
$9.95 CAD


7.25in x 4.75 x 0.38 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

144 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
Rapid Reads
North America
C813/.54 23
Golden Oak 2017, Short-listed
  • Short Description
Kat is a tough, independent woman who makes her living as a professional poker player in this work of fiction.
Maybe there is more to life than winning.

Kat is a tough, independent woman who makes her living as a professional poker player. She is single, childless and happy about it. But when her best friend, Josie, commits suicide, she names Kat as the temporary guardian of her ten-year-old son, David, until his father can come for him. In the few weeks that David is with her, Kat finds herself changed in ways she had never thought imaginable. With the old poker adage “bet with your head, not your heart” ringing in her head like a warning bell, Kat nevertheless finds that all the money and success in the world don’t mean a thing unless you have someone to share it with…and that maybe there is more to life than winning after all.

William Kowalski is the best-selling, award-winning author of many novels including seven in the Rapid Reads line. His first novel, Eddie's Bastard, won the 1999 Rosenstein Award, the 2001 Ama-Boeke Prize, and occupied the #5 spot on the Times of London bestseller list. His fifth novel, The Hundred Hearts, won the 2014 Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. He has been nominated three times for the Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award and his books have been translated into fifteen languages. William lives with his family in Nova Scotia.

"Kowalski creates a believable character in Kat. In a world filled with social media and on-line gaming, a young professional poker player is fitting with the times. Kowalski challenges Kat and her beliefs, and, at the same time, forces readers to question their own values. Hidden beneath this simple story, Kowalski demands that Kat re-examine her life choices, and with this exploration, readers are also challenged. A good read. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"An agreeable journey with a smart, sassy heroine who's not nearly as tough as she likes to think she is." - Kirkus Review

“A quick realistic fiction story about how even the best laid plans can change.” - VOYA Magazine

"The action and the dialogue carry the tale, easily and well...Epic Game is a quick and fun read." - Atlantic Books Today

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