The Parallel Apartments The Parallel Apartments has a constellation of characters who are at once the truest and most unbelievable people you've ever met. Justine Moppet has fled… The Parallel Apartments The Parallel Apartments has a constellation of characters who are at once the truest and most unbelievable people you've ever met. Justine Moppet has fled… 2014-02-11 Fiction McSweeney's
Book Review

The Parallel Apartments (2014)

THE PARALLEL APARTMENTS Bill Cotter
THE PARALLEL APARTMENTS Bill Cotter
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 11, 2014; Writer: Bill Cotter; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: McSweeney's

The Parallel Apartments has a constellation of characters who are at once the truest and most unbelievable people you've ever met. Justine Moppet has fled New York for Austin, where she grew up. It's a city that's always ripe for misfits and oddballs, and in short order Justine encounters a prostitute with AIDS who's seeking treatment from a shaman, a randy sexbot and his shopping-addicted madam, a crazed baby-stealer (or two), and an aspiring serial killer who faints at the sight of blood. Think of them as the novel's minor planets. Standing at the center, like shining suns, are three generations of women, each shouldering the kind of regret that threatens to consume her. In telling their stories, Cotter manages to be surreal, gruesome, and snortingly funny. Do yourself a favor and give in to The Parallel Apartments' gravitational pull. A-

Originally posted Feb 19, 2014 Published in issue #1300 Feb 28, 2014 Order article reprints