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The Odds: A Love Story - Stewart O'Nan Art and Marion are on the brink of bankruptcy and divorce when they decide to risk everything on a second honeymoon to Niagra Falls. It's a very simple story, examining in brief the reasons their marriage and finances have crumbled as they spend their days sightseeing and their evenings at the roulette wheel. The novel is short, under 200 pages, but it doesn't feel like a rushed job. Instead, it feels like a master storyteller exerting control. If O'Nan had kept the story going, he'd almost certainly have ruined it. The beauty here isn't in the complexity of the story, but instead in O'Nan's gift for capturing the mundane and the everyday in language that is fluid and lovely without outgrowing itself.