Books You Might Not Have Read Yet: Fever Chart

Published February 26, 2010 by Molly

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Super dark and fast-paced, Fever Chart is Bill Cotter’s debut novel published (with typically brilliant design niceties) by McSweeney’s. The hero of the novel is Jerome Coe, an off-kilter narrator who jettisons a mental hospital in order to find his merry way through New Orleans, encountering scenes of beauty and grotesquerie as he reveals, piece by piece, the reasons why he might have ended up institutionalized to begin with.

The plot is thick, the sentences are punchy, and the author is a man who previously found employment as a debt collector, toilet scrubber, door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesmen and book restorer. Imagine the wealth of those experiences distilled into a careening single novel, and you have Fever Chart pretty much pegged. If it didn’t sound so foolish, you could probably classify it as “zany realism”… or something along those lines.

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One comment so far

  1. eliza&una says:

    no mention of cover art by ron rege jr? at least it looks like his work..