The Odds by Stewart O’Nan *Review*

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.


Would you risk it all on love?  That is one of the questions that will come to your mind as you read this slightly humorous tale about a couple that don’t quite seem to fit together anymore.  Not only is their marriage dangerously on the rocks, but everything they own is about to be lost as well.  In a crazy scheme, they decide to withdraw all the money they own, everything in their name, to see if they can win big at the very same casino they honeymooned at.  If they win, they can pay off the house and be free and clear of all debt.  If they lose, not only do they lose all their worldly possessions, but it will be a sign to them that their marriage is truly over and they will divorce.

Stewart, however, though willing to gamble away his fortune, is not so willing to give up Marion.  He still loves her and he wants to prove to her that he is in it for better or worse, for richer for poorer…

Marion is indifferent.  Bored with married life and disenchanted with love, Marion is almost eager to move on.  She’s already figuring out ways to tell their grown children and in her head she’s dividing up the furniture.

This book bugged me and I’m glad it was a short one.  Marion was so unmoved by everything Stewart did to show his love that I could clearly see she had no heart.  Stewart, needed to man up and come right out and tell her how he felt rather than tiptoeing around her.  And the ending!  Amazon’s reviewers gave this book a 4 star rating and on Goodreads it was close to a 4 star novel so I am clearly one of the few who finds fault with this book, so definitely read it and see for yourself.  I am sticking with my rating of 2/5 stars.



One response to “The Odds by Stewart O’Nan *Review*

  1. I think I’ll take your word for it and skip this one. Even the synopsis doesn’t appeal to me.

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