Small Town Odds

Small Town Odds

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Grand Central Pub
Writing with an acute sense of place and character reminiscent of Richard Russo, Jason Headley's first novel tells the hilarious and poignant story of Eric Mercer and Pinely, West Virginia. Enromously likeable and a habitual screw-up, Eric has settled into a sometimes raucous, underachieving life in his one-stoplight hometowna life cobbled together from his part-time activities as bartender at the American Legion, assistant mortician, and father to his beloved 5-year-old daughter, Tess. Tess seems to be the main reason smart, talented, twenty-four-year-old Eric is staying in town, though her mom, a centerfold-quality beauty, would have it otherwise. When Jill, the lost love of his life, returns to Pinely in the same week that the town goes nuts in preparation for the high school football team's Big Game, life unexpectedly shifts into high gear, and Eric must blunder his way toward enlightenmentfast. Authentic, irresistible, and refreshingly unpredictable,Small Town Odds is the debut of a graceful and gifted writer.

Barnes & Noble Best of 2004: Staff Picks



Baker & Taylor
A lovable screw-up and underachiever living in the small town of Pinely, West Virginia, Eric Mercer spends his life as a part-time bartender at the American Legion, assistant mortician, and father to his beloved five-year-old daughter, but his life is turned upside down by the return of his lost love in the same week as the town prepares for the high-school football team's Big Game. A first novel.

Blackwell North Amer
Small Town Odds revolves around lovable but self-defeating Eric Mercer. Having abandoned plans for college, twenty-four-year-old Eric is living in an excruciatingly small town in West Virginia, working two part-time jobs, taking care of his daughter, getting arrested, and seeking - and avoiding - romance.
In a single, hectic, hilarious week, his old girlfriend, the high school's Big Game, presumably well-intentioned friends, and the gorgeous mother of his daughter all converge, propelling Eric to unavoidable decisions.
Small Town Odds is about making family with those you have - and about making yourself into who you want to be. It is about accepting both your past mistakes and your present predicaments.

Hachette Book Group
Writing with an acute sense of place and character reminiscent of Richard Russo, Jason Headley's first novel tells the hilarious and poignant story of Eric Mercer and Pinely, West Virginia. Enromously likeable and a habitual screw-up, Eric has settled into a sometimes raucous, underachieving life in his one-stoplight hometowna life cobbled together from his part-time activities as bartender at the American Legion, assistant mortician, and father to his beloved 5-year-old daughter, Tess. Tess seems to be the main reason smart, talented, twenty-four-year-old Eric is staying in town, though her mom, a centerfold-quality beauty, would have it otherwise. When Jill, the lost love of his life, returns to Pinely in the same week that the town goes nuts in preparation for the high school football team's Big Game, life unexpectedly shifts into high gear, and Eric must blunder his way toward enlightenmentfast. Authentic, irresistible, and refreshingly unpredictable, Small Town Odds is the debut of a graceful and gifted writer.

Barnes & Noble Best of 2004: Staff Picks

Baker
& Taylor

A lovable screw-up from small-town West Virginia, Eric Mercer is a bartender, assistant mortician, and father, whose life is turned upside down when his lost love returns the same week as the high-school football team's big game.

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780811845366
0811845362
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 22 cm

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