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The Wagers

Fiction: General
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/21/2020

The Wagers

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684578412
Digital Download ISBN:9781684578405


From Giller Prize–winning author Sean Michaels, The Wagers is a wild and magical novel about what it means to not only chase luck, but find it.

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From Giller Prize–winning author Sean Michaels, The Wagers is a wild and magical novel about what it means to not only chase luck, but find it.

When Theo Potiris performed his stand-up comedy act on Conan at twenty-five, he thought he'd hit it big. But ten years later, he's still spending his days working at his parents' grocery store, bicycling to the local open mic, and writing letters to a girlfriend who lives halfway around the world. Theo's desperate for a break. But when he brings his thirteen-year-old niece to the horse track to place a birthday bet—a Potiris family tradition—the goddess of good luck strikes her instead, in the form of a small fortune. Try as he might to be happy for her, Theo's shock and envy finally push him out of the family nest, away from his comedy dreams and toward a new calling.

First: a mysterious corporation called The Rabbit's Foot, which carefully quantifies and cashes in on luck. Then: to a gang of vigilantes, who recruit Theo to help them steal luck from those who carry more than their fair share. The Wagers is a literary motorcycle chase, carried by stylish prose and delightful invention. But it's also an investigation of work and purpose, happiness and art, the randomness of good fortune, and all the ways we choose to wage our lives.


“This novel is like a literary fireworks display, an explosion of joke-filled energy that manages to be a novel of ideas, but one delivered as if it were a caper story. . . . I had more fun reading this book than I have with any other novel for a very long time.” —Antanas Sileika, The Globe and Mail

“It might look like we’re being set up for a Marc Maron narrative: a brainy but unfocused comic scuffling on the margins, increasingly desperate, only to score an against-the-odds success in middle age. . . . Suffice to say that the idea of luck plays a central part, and that it takes the novel into speculative realms that will require a leap of faith on the reader’s part. It’s a leap most will be happy to make, such is the author’s deft hand and delightfully skewed world view.” —Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette

Author Bio

Sean Michaels founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. His award-winning writing has also appeared in the Observer, McSweeney's, the Guardian, Pitchfork, and the Globe & Mail. His bestselling debut novel, Us Conductors, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was named one of NPR's best books of the year.