A Black Cat Book Review
The Odds by Stewart O’Nan
If you are looking for a fast-paced, full of excitement, lots of action book, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for a story about a marriage that is ordinary and dying this is it.
Marion and Art have been married for 30 years. Thirty years of working, loving, raising a family, and now falling apart. They have lost jobs, are going to lose their home, and are about to lose each other. In a last effort to save it all they take the last of their savings and go to Niagara Falls for a second honeymoon and to play roulette. The odds are against them but they are going to take the chance that they might win.
The Odds is a realistic look at a marriage and what ordinary everyday life can do to people who do not pay attention to what is most important. It is definitely not boring and very much worth reading. It will make you take a deeper look at your relationships.
O’Nan writes books that surprising in the quiet intensity, compassion, humor, and generosity that he gives his characters. This is the third novel of his I have read, Last Night at the Lobster and Emily, Alone are the other two, and they were also well-written, and unexpectedly in the end, love stories.