Fiction. SWERVE is a dreamscape detective novel caught up in a multiversal calamity. SWERVE jostles and hums. SWERVE might be Galileo's cousin, Margaret Cavendish's niece, and Stephen Hawking's step-child. SWERVE is a once in a generation book that tells the story of three distinct detectives who move across the United States and beyond, uncovering pieces of a mercurial puzzle spanning space and time. As each section unfolds and is interpreted through the others, the detectives' stories begin to collapse, rewrite, and ultimately, illuminate each other. Taking on a set of constraints (involving dice, reference authors, and geographic points) reminiscent of an OULIPO novel, SWERVE invites readers to participate in the investigation alongside the characters, gathering clues, assembling narrative, and piecing together resonances. Come join the mystery—SWERVE will not disappoint.
"Smart, strange, funny, intense, wild, stylish, unsettling, sexy, surprising and just, basically, so great, SWERVE by Vincent James, McCormick Templeman and Rowland Saifi is a must read for all fans of wildly inventive and gorgeously written ludic enterprise. Part Tlooth, part A Void, just that smidge of Ubu Roi, and plenty noir, Mathews, Perec and Jarry would have had a blast with this. I know I did. I can't recommend it highly enough."—Laird Hunt
"SWERVE is a semi-submerged, transdimensional, supra-observable novel-like structure, co-architected for your pleasure and contusions. Put on your octopus-shaped dress and snorkel jacket, and don't forget to refuse all clues. In SWERVE, every fish is and is not a red herring. Come for the mermaids, stay for the $2.99 steak!"—Joanna Ruocco
McCormick Templeman is the author of The Little Woods (Random House) and The Glass Casket (Penguin Random House). A graduate of Reed college, she holds a PhD from the University of Denver. She lives in the Pacific Northwest where she is currently lurching about in search of Bigfoot.Rowland Saifi grew up in Brazil, Arkansas, and places in between before attending Naropa University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Denver. Other books include the novels Lit Windows and The Minotaur's Daughter, and the novella Karner Blue Estates. Work has appeared in Fact-Simile, Marginalia, Bombay Gin, Livestock Review, Newfound Journal, Kneejerk Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. Exhibitions include Cairo on the Length a Psychogeography of Egypt curated by Amira Hanafi at Spoke Gallery, and Institutional Garbage, curated by Caroline Picard and Lara School at Hyde Park Arts Center.Vincent James lives and writes in Colorado.Author City: USA