The Splendid Ticket

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6.3 X 8.8 X 1.1 inches | 1.7 pounds
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About the Author
Bill Cotter is the author of the novels Fever Chart and The Parallel Apartments, both published by McSweeney's. He is also responsible for the middle-grade adventure series Saint Philomene's Infirmary for Magical Creatures, penned under the name W. Stone Cotter, and published by Macmillan. Cotter's short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. An essay, "The Gentleman's Library," was awarded a Pushcart Prize. When he is not writing, Cotter labors in the antiquarian book trade.
"Bill Cotter's The Splendid Ticket is a bighearted novel of Texas proportions, a delirious, exhilarating ride through the dark corners of the soul and the profound resiliency of the human spirit, masterfully animated through one eccentric family's experience and all of the tragedy and life and good fortune that they encounter along the way. Read it--and you'll be sad when the ride is over." --Kirk Walsh, author of The Elephant of Belfast
"Like all works of fiction that are worth adoring, The Splendid Ticket, given its premise, has no business succeeding, yet wildy succeeds. It's a fairytale noir and a work of realism. It's the story of a loving, unhappy family. Novels this tightly rendered and sharp are hardly ever so human, hardly ever this warm. Bill Cotter's outdone himself." --Adam Levin, author of The Instructions
"I could go on about Bill Cotter's dark humor and wily sentences and his sharp, skewed vision, but The Splendid Ticket is more than the sum of its brilliant parts. Cotter is a singular artist, ruthless and tender and very funny, and his scarred characters, ever gambling on life with the odds stacked against them, won my heart." --Karen Olsson, author of The Weil Conjectures