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The Odds: A Love Story by Stewart O'Nan

The Odds: A Love Story (edition 2012)

by Stewart O'Nan

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Title:The Odds: A Love Story
Authors:Stewart O'Nan
Info:Viking, Published by Penguin Group (2012), Hard-cover Edition, 179pages
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The Odds: A Love Story by Stewart O'Nan

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O'Nan's writing is compelling and believable, as are his characters. True to form, The Odds is beautifully written and smartly paced, moving through a struggling couple's weekend with both grace and humor. If anything, the couple and the plotting are too believable--familiar, pedestrian, and so easy to accept. Yet, O'Nan's style and flawless language make the read a fast and interesting one, translating life onto the page so simply that there's nothing there to be doubted.

All together, the story perhaps isn't one that will stick with me, but I'm left (as always) with an appreciation for O'Nan's care for language. ( )
  whitewavedarling | May 10, 2015 |
First book by this author that I have read. Loved his writing style and storyline was ok. ( )
  shigaki | Apr 25, 2015 |
Couple about to divorce goes to Niagara Falls again to visit the casino. ( )
  picardyrose | Feb 15, 2015 |
To say I disliked this book is a bit of an understatement, I was just happy to finish the book in the end. For a love story, it lacks any sort of love or compassion between the two characters. They were too flat, emotionless characters, that had little personality, that I failed to see any kind of love or meaningful relationship between them.

The overall plot was also very underwhelming, as they attempted to fix their failed relationship and financial issues by going to Niagara falls and gambling in the casino. The author made a few references to some of the tourist spots to the main strip, but otherwise it didn't have any depth or expanded interest to where it was set, it could have been any place with a casino really and the outcome would have been the same. It was suppose to be a romantic setting, but the book failed to bring the romantic feel of Niagara falls to light.

The ending, was too cliché, but I didn't care by that point, because I was just happy to be finished with the book.

Also found on my book review blog Jules' Book Reviews - The Odds: A Love Story ( )
  bookwormjules | Dec 13, 2013 |
For parts of The Odds it feels as though you have been dropped into the middle of a much longer novel. The husband and wife main characters who take turns as narrators reference other characters and events of the past without pausing to explain, and these details are only learned later. In a way this makes the characters seem more real because, after all, when you meet a person in real life you do not learn everything about them all at once, but only over time, as they choose to reveal themselves.
Also adding to the reality of this story was the way in which the husband, Art, and the wife, Marion, spoke to each other. Bits of dialogue were so familiar, yet so startling when seen in print because they were of the mundane details that so rarely get memorialized.
I really enjoyed this snapshot of a couple attempting to salvage their marriage and their finances. The only thing that took away from it for me was the too happy ending, which seemed inauthentic after a whole book of such realness. ( )
  elmoelle | Aug 9, 2013 |
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"Readers of contemporary literary fiction should enjoy the subtle dry humor and a story that gains momentum and pitches toward a satisfying, if somewhat ambiguous happy ending."
added by Christa_Josh | editLibrary Journal, Christine DeZelar-Tiedman (Nov 1, 2011)
The novels of American author Stewart O’Nan – he has written about a dozen – are models of craftsmanship, empathy, psychological insight and social acumen. ....O’Nan’s prose is agile, light and utterly unself-conscious. Very contemporary. At the same time, his superb rendering of psychological drama recalls 19th-century novelists like George Eliot. He has good fun with this story. While the couple prepare for their big gamble, Art does his best to create a honeymoon atmosphere. Out of pity and exhaustion, Marion humours him......And about halfway through the novel, we begin to hope they can work things out. What are the odds?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670023167, Hardcover)

In the new novel from the author of Last Night at the Lobster, a middle-age couple goes all in for love at a Niagara Falls casino

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.

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