Friday, May 18, 2012

The Odds: A Love Story

Gamble. Stewart O’Nan’s novel, The Odds: A Love Story, pulls the reader into a marriage under great stress. Art and Marion Fowler have been married thirty years. Both are now unemployed and their Cleveland home is in foreclosure. They decide to gamble on a last ditch way to try to get out from under their financial woes: wager their remaining cash at Niagara Falls casinos. O’Nan tells this story efficiently, in less than 200 pages. It didn’t take me long to find this odd couple endearing. I closed the book having been entertained and satisfied by O’Nan’s fine storytelling and well-written prose. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase The Odds from

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