Stewart O’Nan’s latest novel, The Odds, hits close to home. Exploring themes of truth, pain, heartbreak, and hope, the book tells the tale of Art and Marion Fowler, a troubled couple on the heels of their 30th wedding anniversary, stuck in crises such as impending home foreclosure and joblessness. Escaping with his wife on a second honeymoon back to Niagara Falls, Art seeks to reignite the passion that once was. But the trip isn’t just about romance. Art prepares to place an $8,000 bet — all of their liquid assets — at an upscale casino in a move to dig the Fowlers out of their deepest hole. The Oddsis the 50-year-old’s 14th novel, following last year’s successful Emily Alone. In the nonfiction world, O’Nan shared a byline with acclaimed author Stephen King on 2004’s Faithful, where the two diehard Boston Red Sox fans chronicled the historic, World Series-winning season. O’Nan will head to Books & Books Monday, the second stop on an 11-city book tour for The Odds. Though he’ll be busy plugging his 2012 hardcover, we’re sure he’ll take a minute or two to trade MLB stories on the side.
Mon., Jan. 23, 8 p.m., 2012