The Odds A Love Story (Paperback)
|Author: Stewart O'Nan|
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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.|
From the Publisher:
Struggling with job losses, the imminent foreclosure of their home and a floundering marriage, Art and Marion Fowler liquidate their savings and reserve the bridal suite at a ritzy Niagara Falls casino, where they make high-risk roulette wheel bets in the hopes of fixing their finances. By the author of
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."
"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