“There have been many tales of parallel worlds, but few have offered this much heart, imagination, and good old-fashioned story-telling fun.”
What if there were an alternate universe hidden next to ours? What if you found a way to go there?
Billy Boustany stumbles upon the ability to slip in and out of a surprising new version of his sleepy midwestern city. He discovers a teeming metropolis with iridescent skyscrapers, wild celebrations, and throngs of tourists from all over the world. This adventure is most fun he's had in years. Then it turns into an obsession that upends his life, his family, and everything he knows.
Billy questions his sanity as he struggles to make sense of his magical experience. He lets his college student daughter in on the secret. Together, they explore further into this odd world until they reach the ultimate destination, a magnificent city of Native Americans that has sprung up at an ancient site.
Billy also encounters a formidable enemy—the Knights, a secret society with a mission to keep people like him out of their world. They warn him to stay away—or else.
The story of another accidental traveler, a financial genius who found his way into the same city in the 1920s, reveals the alternate history of this strange world.
"Must Reading - and then some.”
Tone and world-building are delightful. Characters all come alive as unique people. Well done!"
"A fun story, a great way to escape and fire up the imagination.”
"Gives new meaning to the phrase “Spirit of St. Louis.”
"I read A Universe Less Traveled in two days, which I never do. It's an intriguing novel of ideas and a lively adventure yarn as well, told in a brisk, readable style."
“What if there existed a better, more successful, happier St. Louis than the one we know? A place where men wear shorts in the summer, a place where people sometimes break into song and street parties are a must-see for the tourists who flock to St Louis from all over the world. What would a visitor from our St. Louis think of that St. Louis — and what would the people of that St. Louis think of us? It's hard to come up with original ideas, but Eric von Schrader has done it. A wistful take on our continuing angst of what we might have been.”