Allens witty, charming, and very likable school bus drivernamed Pis a desperate gambler.
That his son has died, that his wife is leaving him, that his girlfriend has been arrested, that he has no money, that he has more money than he could ever have dreamedare all er concerns for P as he constantly seeks out new gambling opportunities.While other books on gambling seek either to sermonize on the addiction or to glorify it by highlighting its few prosperous celebrities, All or Nothing is an honest, straightforward account of what it is like to live as a gamblerwhether a high-rolling millionaire playing $1,000-ante poker in Las Vegas or a regular guy at the local Indian casino praying for a miracle as he feeds his meager life savings into the unforgiving slot machine.
All or Nothing is the first novel to dig beneath the veneer to explore the gamblers unique and complex relationship with money.
If youve ever wanted to get into the heart and psyche of a compulsive gambler, here is your chance.Preston L.
Allen is a recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and author of the thriller Hoochie Mama, as well as the collection Churchboys and Other Sinners.
He lives in South Florida.New York Times Book Review, Sun., June 15, 2008"As a cartographer of autodegradation, Allen takes his place on a continuum that begins, perhaps, with Dostoyevskys Gambler, courses through Malcolm Lowrys Under the Volcano, William S.
Burroughss Junky, and the collected works of Charles Bukowski and Hubert Selby JrLike Dostoyevsky, Allen colorfully evokes the gambling milieuLike Burroughs, he is a dispassionate chronicler of the addicts daily ritual, neither glorifying nor vilifying the matter at hand.
His spare, efficient prose could be called medium-boiled."Library Journal, Nov. 15, 2007"Allen's new novel poignantly depicts the life of P .
This is strongly recommended and deserves a wide audience; an excellent choice for book discussion groups."Kirkus Reviews, Sept., 15, 2007"A gambler's hands and heart perpetually tremble in this raw story of addiction .