The Odds: A Love Story (O’Nan)

What a remarkable little book. Near the end of their marriage and their resources, a couple returns to the site of their honeymoon, Niagara Falls, each with a different agenda – her, to give him one last weekend before the marriage is over, and him, to rekindle their marriage and rescue themselves from bankruptcy.

O’Nan is able to get inside the heads of both characters and see how so many small choices and seemingly innocuous words have led them to this particular weekend. There were dozens of moments that made me both laugh and wince in recognition.

When I turned the last page, I was surprised it was over. I didn’t want it to be over. But O’Nan was right to keep it short. That this novel seems so simple is a testament to its brilliance.


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