The Odds

The Odds

A Love Story

Book - 2012
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"A middle aged couple goes all in for love at a Niagara Falls casino"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2012
ISBN: 9780670023165
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 20 cm


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ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 17, 2017

Honest and moving portrait of a long-time but currently stressed marriage...

Jan 29, 2014

This is a good character study, but it is a slight book. A book to be read on 25+ wedding anniversaries.

dianapoet Jan 27, 2013

Good writing. I enjoyed this character study. Realistic and entertaining.

Dec 29, 2012

I liked the characters, but it could have used a stronger ending.

branch_reviews Oct 31, 2012

The story shows how much love can be a gamble. It starts out with Marion and Art Fowler who have been married for 33 years. They have been thinking of divorce so, as their last bet on marriage, they liquidate their savings and book a bridal suite at Niagara Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon. They end up risking everything at the roulette wheel to try to win back their home, finances, and their marriage, thus what are the odds. The author Stewart O'Nan has written thirteen award winning novels. He lives in Pittsburgh. Reviewed by LR.

Aug 03, 2012

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. I want O'Nan to write another "A Prayer for the Dying", or even another "Last Night at the Lobster". Neither the plot nor the characters drew me in but because Stewart O'Nan wrote it, I finished it, hoping something interesting might happen. It didn't. Sigh.

Jun 19, 2012

I'm a big fan of Mr. O'Nan. This book is weirdly very interesting. I recommend.

Jun 04, 2012

I absolutely love Stewart O'Nan, I would read his grocery list!

Mar 14, 2012

O'Nan understands how people think, what makes them do what they do (or fail to do it), how they feel and make others feel. Sherman Alexie thinks he's brilliant, and Sherman never lies. All O'Nan's novels are character-driven, not a piece of cardboard among them; utterly believable, eminently readable, wonderful in their own quiet, slyly funny way.

Mary43 Feb 18, 2012

So very fascinating how O'Nan can get into the minds of his charachters! This was a very interesting look into a relationship supposedly about to end. His writing is haunting.


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