Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Cathy Loves "this gem of a novel."
Stewart O'Nan's thirteenth novel is another wildly original, bittersweet gem like his celebrated Last Night at the Lobster. Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon. While they sightsee like tourists during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances-and save their marriage. A tender yet honest exploration of faith, forgiveness and last chances, The Odds is a reminder that love, like life, is always a gamble.
"The Odds is a small novel that packs an emotional wallop. Art and Marion Fowler are at the end of their ropes, with their marriage, careers and finances unraveling at an alarming rate. A last hurrah, a Valentine's weekend at a posh gambling resort on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which needless to say they can ill afford, will determine their future. Anyone in a long relationship will nod and cringe as O'Nan subtly and brilliantly lays out their frailties, strengths, foibles and deep affection. Suspenseful and sweet. I loved this gem of a novel."