“Joel’s story of Joan is a beautiful and passionate tale of two first-rate competitors who fought hard for their love.” –Billie Jean King, Social Justice Pioneer and Sports Icon
A month after she was orphaned at twenty-seven, Joan Edwards was diagnosed with lupus, a deadly disease that led one doctor to believe she would be dead by thirty-five. A year later, she met her future husband. This is Joel Drucker’s story, told in vignettes, about his and Joan’s twenty-eight-year romance, chronicling a relationship that was all at once a slumber party, therapy session and private joke. Don’t Bet on It is an intimate, beautifully rendered tale of affirmation when all odds point towards loss, and of its defiance: humor as escape, humor as confrontation, humor most of all as love.
Over the course of his 35-year writing career, Oakland-based Joel Drucker’s work has appeared in a variety of media outlets. These include broadcast venues such as HBO, CBS, Tennis Channel, as well as dozens of print publications, ranging from Tin House, Huffington Post and Salon to the San Diego Reader, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, Cigar Aficionado, Forbes FYI and People. His primary topics have been sports, popular culture and business.
This is his second book. His first book, Jimmy Connors Saved My Life, was published in 2004.
Cover design by Kristen Radke.