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The Odds A Love Story (Paperback)

Author:  Stewart O'Nan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143122274
ISBN-13: 9780143122272
Sku: 228632554
Publish Date: 9/25/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.25H x 4.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  179
Age Range:  22 to UP
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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 in another wildly original, bittersweet gem.
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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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The author of more than a dozen novels, Stewart O'Nan tells a timely and moving tale about a couple at the edge of financial and emotional ruin in THE ODDS. Art and Marion Fowler have been married nearly three decades--they have raised two children and survived the many hurtles that life put in their path as they try to live their lives together. Now, however, they face one of their most difficult challenges yet--their house is under foreclosure, and they are unemployed and nearly bankrupt. In a desperate last attempt to save their home, their pride, and their relationship--which has suffered severely under the financial strains--Art and Marion decide to go to Niagara Falls. During the day they see the sights, and at night they put all their hopes on winning at the casino. O'Nan brings these damaged characters vividly to life, and in the process tells his story with moving and powerful honesty.
Author Bio
Stewart O'Nan
Stewart O'Nan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and, in college, he studied aerospace engineering. He worked for Grumman on Long Island for several years but eventually, as he got more and more interested in writing (and less and less in the aviation industry) he returned to school for an M.F.A. at Cornell. His story collection IN THE WALLED CITY was awarded the esteemed 1993 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for Short Fiction. SNOW ANGELS won the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel. He has also written notable nonfiction, specifically THE CIRCUS FIRE, his account of a tragic 1944 fire in Hartford, Connecticut. He has taught at Cornell, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Trinity College. O'Nan says that the two most useful pieces of advice he's had were "both from Russell Banks, and both in the same ten-minute conversation: 1) The ones who make it in this business are the ones who stick with it. And, 2) Don't quit your day job."

Praise

"At his best, O'Nan . . . nails the persistence of betrayal long after wrongs have actually been committed; their desperation has become as routine as ordering dinner." 10/03/2011

"He brings lightness to every scene, while still making the characters tremendously real, recognizable yet fresh. . . . There is a clarity to O'Nan's prose: It doesn't call attention to itself, doesn't flaunt dazzling sentences or stunning descriptions. This may undersell his work, which is delightful." - Carolyn Kellogg 01/22/2012

"[It's a] slender but, three-poker-chips-high new novel." - Elissa Schappell 01/24/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0179
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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