Saturday, January 21, 2012

Book Review: The Odds by Stewart O'Nan

The Odds by Stewart O'Nan is the fiction story of a couple who have to come to the end of their ropes both in their marriage and their finances. They head to Niagra Falls and a honeymoon suite, not as a way to rekindle their love life, but to try to beat the system in the casino and find a way to survive bankruptcy.

I found this a hard read--not a long read since it only took me a day or two--but it was painful. I could see reflections of me and my marriage in the characters. Not to say that my marriage is in trouble, but any relationship has to be carefully tended to make sure it thrives instead of stagnating and the author captured perfectly the inertia that can infiltrate a marriage.--the habits that seem small at the beginning, but slowly erode the ties that bind.

There weren't many plot turns and twists, and I found the casino part mildly interesting but a little hard to follow. 

Then, the ending caught me off guard. It wasn't what I was expecting.

Would I recommend this book? Probably not completely, but I didn't hate it either. 

I received a digital galley from Penguin Group, U.S.A for reviewing. My opinions, as always, are my own.
I am not an Amazon affiliate.

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