The Parallel Apartments Justine Moppett is pregnant and fleeing an abusive relationship in New York to dig up an even traumatic childhood in Austin Waiting for her there is a cast of than a dozen misfits a hemophobic as

  • Title: The Parallel Apartments
  • Author: Bill Cotter
  • ISBN: 9781938073779
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Justine Moppett is 34, pregnant, and fleeing an abusive relationship in New York to dig up an even traumatic childhood in Austin Waiting for her there is a cast of than a dozen misfits a hemophobic aspiring serial killer, a deranged soprano opera singer, a debt addicted entrepreneur cum madam, a matchmaking hermaphrodite each hurtling toward their own calamiJustine Moppett is 34, pregnant, and fleeing an abusive relationship in New York to dig up an even traumatic childhood in Austin Waiting for her there is a cast of than a dozen misfits a hemophobic aspiring serial killer, a deranged soprano opera singer, a debt addicted entrepreneur cum madam, a matchmaking hermaphrodite each hurtling toward their own calamities, and, ultimately, toward each other A Texan Gabriel Garc a M rquez who writes tragicomic twists reminiscent of John Kennedy Toole, Bill Cotter produces some of the most visceral, absurd, and downright hilarious sentences to be found in fiction today The Parallel Apartments is a bold leap forward for a writer whose protean talents, whose sheer exuberance for language and what a novel can do, marks him as one of the most exciting stylists in America.

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    About "Bill Cotter"

    1. Bill Cotter

      Bill Cotter was born in Dallas in 1964, and has labored as an antiquarian book dealer and restorer since 2000 He presently lives in Austin with his girlfriend, the poet Annie La Ganga, and Travis, an inextinguishable roach who divides his time between the shower and the silverware drawer.

    564 thoughts on “The Parallel Apartments”

    1. (4.5 stars) The Parallel Apartments is a literary tightwire act executed almost flawlessly. Author Bill Cotter isn’t just a sure handed storyteller…he’s cocky. He tosses off words long withered from disuse within the pages of an unabridged OED. He ratchets up the absurdity level and challenges you to get off the ride. He offers up the most whacked-out rogue’s gallery of deeply flawed (and frequently pitiful) characters and dares you to care about them. Bravo, Bill Cotter. You pulled it o [...]


    2. It's difficult to get my head around everything I felt reading this book, and I'll try anyway. The Parallel Apartments is dazzling. Justine is a pregnant 30-something, living in NYC, who comes back home to Austin. Reading just that tiny bit of the plot was enough for me to commit to the book, which it doesn't appear too many people have read and reviewed yet.There are a healthy handful of characters whose story lines all come together, all connected via the titled Parallel Apartments, but never [...]


    3. full-stop/2014/02/11/rReview by Emma SchneiderInventive and hilarious, The Parallel Apartments delights in the oddities of people and language. Inhabiting a mesmerizing and unnerving kaleidoscope world, Bill Cotter’s vivid characters turn “extreme” into the new normal. In this bizarre, yet consistent universe, a bullied-child-turned-sociopath lives next door to an opera singer whose psychotic desire for a child drives her to actions even Wagner wouldn’t stage. Cotter’s novel is remarka [...]


    4. I was thoroughly entertained! And kept telling friends about various strange characters and twists in the story. Quirky doesn't quite explain itBut I have never read anything like it! By the end of this long adventure, I loved all the characters, not because they were good, but because I knew them so well and cared so much. Just try it!


    5. Perhaps if I had been able to stand it long enough to get farther into the book, I might have found there was something redeeming about it. You can tell the author thinks he has something challenging to say about life in general and sexual politics in particular, but it just seemed debasing and depressing to read it.


    6. a terrible book by a smug man who knows a lot of big words but lacks the sense of empathy needed to write a decent story.



    7. The core of this book is truly moving, and it's framed with masterful prose. Cotter is a linguist in the grand tradition of prosody, and he showcases his talents with child-like aplomb. The obvious comparisons for The Parallel Apartments are A Confederacy of Dunces and Catch-22, both of which share the same sense of madcap over-the-toppedness. Cotter's particular brand of exuberance focuses on sexuality, which makes this not a book for the prudish. Even I, in the 99th percentile of non-prudes, w [...]


    8. Bill Cotter brings us another crazy book with memorable characters delivered in a labyrinth plot. McSweeney's publishes another gem, with their book enthusiast's love of texture and cover art. The cover's nesting dolls theme is a perfect visual representation of Cotter's story. Reading this, I am reminded of Showtime's Shameless, though The Parallel Apartments is even more shocking, more endearing, more can't-keep-eyes-averted train wreck. If you've read his other book, Fever Chart, this new adv [...]


    9. I used to live in NYC and currently live in Austin and loved being able to picture all the landmarks that were mentioned. I enjoyed Cotter's writing style - somewhat chaotic with run on sentences full of metaphor and imagery - but I couldn't finish the book. I made it maybe 1/4 through. When I read books and watch movies I can't help but have empathy for the characters; I imagine myself in their place and feel what they are feeling whether I want to or not. These feelings can stick with me even [...]


    10. I enjoyed this book and I liked the premise a lot. I would have likes it to be a more surface review of all the tenants in the apartments, a la Tales of the City, or a more in depth view of the three generations of ladies (Charlotte, Livia, Justine). It tried to be a little bit of both and that was where it struggled some. Either direction, fully explored, would have been great for the reader. All that said, I was eager to pick up the book every day and I did enjoy the story. I would certainly r [...]


    11. I debated several times just to not both finishing this book. The watching a train/auto wreck analogy is pretty accurate. It seemed contrived. Like Cotter wanted to have a character for a failed serial killer, and the whole Rance storyline why? So Murphy's only "successful" murder could be a robot? The matryoshka doll at the end where did Justine get it and was it just used at the end to be able to push the point of the cover. I left feeling meh


    12. The subject matter isn’t for everyone. The book opens with marital rape, there’s some accidental incest, and a very nasty would-be serial killer graces several chapters. If you can get past that, though, you’ll find a well-crafted—if deranged—novel. At 500 pages, it initially feels like an undertaking. The cast of characters alone would be hell to manage in another’s hands. I loved this winding, weird story, though, and felt satisfied by its end.


    13. I can't in good conscience recommend this book because of the amount of sex in it, casual and constant I skipped page after page. The writing is absurd and at times grotesque - at the same time communicating real desires and fears. By the end I was invested in the surreal characters and appreciated the twists and turns and connections. But, ehhh


    14. Quirky, which I like. If you like quirky, off-beat funny, with a lot of different characters, and you are willing to put the time in, this book is worth it. I loved the last quarter of the book, some of the first parts of the book felt a little bit like work, but Cotter did have a lot of groundwork to lay, it's no wonder at times it felt a little slow.


    15. this book was compelling like a highway fatality. I had a hard time putting it down, and while I really enjoyed the writing style, I actually found myself wondering "why am I so engaged in this book?". While I would be hard pressed to find a concrete reason to recommend it, I did enjoy it. and I guess for a 500 page book, that in itself is a recommendation.


    16. A wonderfully devastating story of people trying to cope with negative circumstances largely out of their control. None of them do so with much grace or insight. This is a beautifully written story about the real damage pain can bring.


    17. Myra McIlvain Bill Cotter's characters are bazaar and pitiful and so well-formed that it's hard to stop reading. He is a master of language, which creates great images and at times gets in the way of the story. I ended up caring for everyone of his over the top personalities. Enjoyable read.


    18. Interesting group of characters. that's kind of an understatement. portions of this book were so poetic while other parts made me make sure the blinds were pulled down just in case someone could see what i was reading. can't wait to read it again.





    19. A well-crafted ensemble story with overlapping stories and intersecting destinies. Dark, twisted, and skillfully told.



    20. Entertaining and engaging, but a bit too crazy just to be crazy. I liked his first book more, and I hope he writes another soon.





    21. It's too weird for me, too many characters, I kept getting confused. It is set in Austin, and it did keep me interested enough to finish it.



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