Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Oscars 2017
Everything you need to knowDon't Miss It

Article

In the Land of Second Chances

Posted on

In the Land of Second Chances

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
64927
publisher:
Algonquin Books
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Ebb, Neb., is so down on its luck that its name says it all. Then a mysterious angel of mercy arrives in the guise of a traveling salesman peddling games of chance. What he’s really selling, as observed by Wilma Porter, owner of the local B&B and the novel’s tart-tongued narrator, is hope. When she doesn’t try too hard to be folksy, Wilma is a likable guide to Ebb’s eccentric characters and good ol’ Midwestern truths. (”Farming is a hard-hearted life…. Country boys eat their pets. After that, everything else is easy.”) By the end of the stranger’s six-day visit, nearly everyone in In the Land of Second Chances is transformed into his better self, and Chances morphs from Fried Green Tomatoes into a wisecracking It’s a Wonderful Life. All that’s missing is Jimmy Stewart.

Comments