Honest and moving portrait of a long-time but currently stressed marriage...
This is a good character study, but it is a slight book. A book to be read on 25+ wedding anniversaries.
Good writing. I enjoyed this character study. Realistic and entertaining.
I liked the characters, but it could have used a stronger ending.
The story shows how much love can be a gamble. It starts out with Marion and Art Fowler who have been married for 33 years. They have been thinking of divorce so, as their last bet on marriage, they liquidate their savings and book a bridal suite at Niagara Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon. They end up risking everything at the roulette wheel to try to win back their home, finances, and their marriage, thus what are the odds. The author Stewart O'Nan has written thirteen award winning novels. He lives in Pittsburgh. Reviewed by LR.
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. I want O'Nan to write another "A Prayer for the Dying", or even another "Last Night at the Lobster". Neither the plot nor the characters drew me in but because Stewart O'Nan wrote it, I finished it, hoping something interesting might happen. It didn't. Sigh.
I'm a big fan of Mr. O'Nan. This book is weirdly very interesting. I recommend.
I absolutely love Stewart O'Nan, I would read his grocery list!
O'Nan understands how people think, what makes them do what they do (or fail to do it), how they feel and make others feel. Sherman Alexie thinks he's brilliant, and Sherman never lies. All O'Nan's novels are character-driven, not a piece of cardboard among them; utterly believable, eminently readable, wonderful in their own quiet, slyly funny way.
So very fascinating how O'Nan can get into the minds of his charachters! This was a very interesting look into a relationship supposedly about to end. His writing is haunting.
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