Turning the Tables

Turning the Tables

by Rita Rudner

I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Turning the Tables by Rita Rudner.

Yes, that Rita Rudner, the comedian. And the best part of this pretty entertaining book, for me, was hearing her voice read it in my head. She’s got that precise, almost fussy deliver, which works better than you’d think in a tale of revenge, sex, gambling, and low rent magic in Las Vegas. The heroine of Turning the Tables, Allie Bowen, is a nice girl trying to climb the corporate ladder at a big and slightly sleazy Vegas casino. Her boyfriend is a weasel in human form, her ex-husband is the low rent magician, and this is the sort of book where a celebrity look-a-like call girl service turns into big business, and yet the girls are still sort of wholesome. Rita Rudner is one of my favorites on stage, and it’s nice to see she’s just as funny on the page. Turning the Tables by Rita Rudner. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Turning the Tables by Rita Rudner.

The book is Turning the Tables by comedian Rita Rudner. Ms. Rudner has lived and worked in Vegas for many years, and her sharp eye for detail pays off in this very funny book, a tale of gambling, low lifes, high roller, and topless hairdressers, among other things. Allie Bowen is all set to move up in management at Heaven casino, when a fight with her horrid boyfriend Christian leads to betrayal. Suddenly she’s out of work, and because of her, her ex-husband, terrible magician Barry Houdini, lands in jail. Incidentally, I can’t help but laugh at the image of the rather prim seeming Ms. Rudner doing research on life in jail. Turning the Tables is the story of how Allie finds friends and allies, saves Barry, and gets her revenge on Christian. It’s all very satisfying. Turning the Tables by Rita Rudner. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Turning the Tables by Rita Rudner.

You may know Ms. Rudner as a stand up comedian; apparently she’s been working and living in Las Vegas for a couple of years, and writing — this is her fourth book. Set in the shady and highly successful Heaven casino, Allie Bowen is a nice girl trying to climb the corporate ladder. Her boyfriend Christian is one rung ahead of her and intends to stay that way. His betrayal puts her on the street, and sets in motion the events that ultimately have everyone getting what they deserve, from tone deaf lounge singer Malfi, to Allie’s ex husband, nice guy, lousy magician Barry Houdini. When reading Turning the Tables, you can’t help but hear Ms Rudner’s comedic voice, which is very good news — she’s just as funny on the page. Turning the Tables by Rita Rudner. I’m Kim Alexander on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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