Told in alternating now and flashback chapters, this is a very moving and sad story. Bird is trying to do the right things and in thirteen days, she'll be off probation. Then the Fates intervene, putting someone from her painful past in her path. James was possibly the only bright spot in a very dreary and traumatic time in Bird's life. However, he's on the run and she knows any involvement with him is going to jeopardize her probation. Nevertheless, something inside her compels Bird to act. Is it rational? Certainly not, but most of the emotionally propelled things we do lack rationality. Read the book and you will be drawn along on a journey that is sad, sometimes dangerous, a bit tragic, but one that Leaves Bird a better, stronger woman.
Well written, held my attention, but basically a story about people - good people - who have hard lives. An expected ending in some ways and not in others. I recommend it but it is definitely not a "feel good" book.
The Odds of You and Me by Cecilia Galante is a compelling novel about a woman caught between doing what is best for herself and her young son and her loyalty to someone from her past.
Bernadette “Bird” Connolly has finally made her final restitution payment and she is making plans for her and her son Angus’s future. Staying out of trouble should not be any problem until her probation ends in two weeks, but when she agrees to run an errand for her mom, she makes a startling discovery that could jeopardize all of her plans. Bird is stunned to find her former co-worker, James Rittenhouse, hiding in the church choir’s loft. James has recently been arrested for a bar fight that left his victim in critical condition and while he en route to jail, he somehow managed to escape. Why would Bird jeopardize everything she has worked for to help someone she has not seen in over five years?
After her beloved father’s death when she was a teenager, Bird lost her faith, hooked up with the wrong crowd and barely graduated from high school. Moving out as soon she graduated, she began working at a local restaurant and entered into an ill-advised relationship with her manager. Her unexpected friendship with James during this tumultuous time is a bright spot that gives Bird reason to hope for a better future. But an unplanned pregnancy turns her world upside down and after Bird is arrested for writing bad checks, she has no choice but to move back in with her mother and work with her cleaning houses. Their relationship remains tense as Bird tries to put her life back together.
Although their time in each other’s life was brief, Bird’s friendship with James was quite meaningful. She knows that she is taking a huge risk by helping him after he escapes from police custody but she is unable to report him to the authorities nor can she turn her back on him. As the two friends become reacquainted, Bird is stunned by James’ revelations about the bar fight that landed him in so much trouble and after learning the truth, she becomes more determined than before to help him. Bird devises an ill-conceived plan to provide James with a safe place to hide while he decides what to do next, but time is not on their side. Is Bird prepared for the consequences if she caught aiding and abetting a fugitive?
The Odds of You and Me by Cecilia Galante is a captivating story of healing for Bird as she is finally comes to terms with her heartbreaking past. Although her decision to help James is initially unfathomable, her reasons become clear as she reflects on their friendship and the events leading up to their final encounter years earlier. Bird’s life is forever altered by the few short, yet meaningful days she spends with James following his escape.
I highly recommend this touching novel to readers of women’s fiction.
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I discovered it months ago, drawn in by the cover. I read a little bit of the description, and knew I wanted to read it. I recommended it to my local library (on their e-site) and couldn't figure out why it took them so long to purchase it! Then I realized that it was just released at the end of January.
Anyways... "Bird" is the mother to a young boy and 2 weeks from getting off probation. Looking for a sweater leads her to finding a fugitive, and it's someone she knows. The author flips between the present and past to have us learn why she's willing to risk her life to help him. I won't lie, I cried through the last 7 chapters.
I actually never paid attention to who the author was, and it wasn't until I finished the book when I realized this book was written by the same author who wrote "The Invisibles." I actually read that book last month and was surprised when I discovered she also wrote this one. As an author she as definitely improved between the two, and I'm curious to see where she can go from here.