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SLCL Foundation Presents Bestselling Novelist Stewart O’Nan

Press Release

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 12:00p.m.


The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present novelist Stewart O’Nan for a discussion and signing of his latest novel “The Odds” on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.

Stewart O'Nan's thirteenth novel is another wildly original, bittersweet gem like his celebrated “Last Night at the Lobster.” Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon. While they sightsee like tourists during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances—and save their marriage. A tender yet honest exploration of faith, forgiveness and last chances, “The Odds” is a reminder that love, like life, is always a gamble.

O’Nan will also discuss “Emily, Alone,” now out in paperback—an intimate, touching novel about a widow discovering hidden strengths and realizing that life always offers new opportunities.

Stewart O'Nan is the author of ten novels, including “Snow Angels” and “A Prayer for the Dying,” as well as works of nonfiction, including the bestselling book with Stephen King on the Boston Red Sox, “Faithful.” Granta named him one of the twenty Best Young American Novelists in 1995.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit