George Bailey Gets Saved in the End

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
352 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2016
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Author Biography

Ken O'Neill is the author of THE MARRYING KIND, which won the 2012 Rainbow Award for best debut, and the 2013 Independent Publisher Award Silver Medal for LGBT fiction. THE MARRYING KIND was also a finalist for the 2013 International Book Award in the Gay and Lesbian fiction category. The book was included on Smart Bitches Trashy Books list of top three favorite novels of 2012. 

Ken lives in NYC with his husband and their two cats who think they're dogs or, perhaps, people. When Ken is not checking his Amazon rating to see if anyone has purchased his books, he enjoys reading, dancing (though usually only when no one is watching) and eating dark chocolate, purely for medicinal reasons. He is at work on his third novel. Visit him at:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite

George Bailey Gets Saved in the End by Ken O’Neill is about a middle-aged man who happens to share a name with the beloved hero of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. In George’s New York City, timing is everything and this particular holiday season his timing sucks. His wife asks for a divorce on the same day his mother calls to tell him his father has died. From there, his life feels like it is spiraling downhill. Ken O’Neill’s George Bailey Gets Saved in the End is a story about a man who is forced out of his comfort zone, only to find out he isn’t the only one whose life is a rut of half-truths and dependence on others. As his life spirals downward, he finds out that sometimes talking to strangers is the best way to learn to cope with family and circumstances.

I applaud Ken O’Neill’s ability to infuse tragedy with humor and to create a family of diverse characters who felt like a real family. I loved how George Bailey was able to practice humility and open up to the important people in his life after a lifetime of being an unhappy enigma, only to find out those same people weren’t who he thought they were either. I laughed. I cried. I felt George’s confusion, his hopelessness, and I prayed for a happy ending. I was amazed at how skillfully the author was able to develop coincidences into vital story elements that complemented the plot and the tone of the story.


This review has intrigued me. I will order it right away.