There are some of us who read to learn, understand, and broaden our knowledge about events, history, science, people, etc. Some seek pleasure in escaping our world and wish to enter into that of others, whether good, pleasant, sad, or troubling. If you seek any of the above do not read this book.
The plot of this novel is relatively simple. A former (fired) sports analyst for ESPN is living in a motel, divorced from his wife, conning everyone he comes in contact with, and is on his last legs. He is a gambling addict and an alcoholic. His goal is to win back his wife so she can see her mistake. The plan is formed and initiated upon receipt of a large inheritance when his estranged father dies. It is his belief that he can convert these monies into a large enough amount to buy a house his ex-wife once expressed an interest in obtaining. This is to be accomplished in Las Vegas within a few days, then travel to Memphis where he intends to convince his wife.
The author’s depiction of this man’s life and the “escapades” in which he engages as a boozer and addict to gambling, while well done, leaves the reader feeling no sympathy for this pathetic individual. There is some minor character growth near the end, but the abrupt ending is unsettling. This may be an appealing book for readers interested in a closer look at the negative spiral gambling can cause, but all said, Swimming with Bridgeport Girls is an unfulfilling read.
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