It's 2020 and the world is facing an unthinkable crisis: shortages and contamination have made drinking water scarce. Hayden Shivers is a lowly filter and drains engineer employed by Drixa, a mega-corporation with a monopoly on water. When he stumbles upon a method for synthesizing fake water, Hayden is promised a big promotion if he signs over his patent to Drixa. As the company hustles to get the product on the market, Hayden frantically tries to stop them until the new water is confirmed safe. The situation grows increasingly dire as advice pours in from all fields: a fanatically loyal manager, a cynical divorce lawyer, a muckraking reporter, and his brilliant mail-order "maid." Told in a brilliantly off-kilter style that reverberates with the sublime and the paradoxical, H2O traces and retraces the overlapping family and corporate intrigues that threaten to turn a life-saving invention into an instrument of disaster.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1933368195 ISBN13 9781933368191
Availability 0 units.
More About Mark Swartz
Mark is a writer from Chicago now living in Brooklyn.
I suggest reading this book in a hot bath with a nice cold glass of filtered water beside you. Or in the desert of your choice. In a time when everything we take for granted can be bought and sold, a funny edgy noir novel that attacks the commodification of life, and most essentially, water, is just what what the doctor ordered. But be careful; before you take a sip, you may want to determine-- does H20 = water? I have my doubts. Nothing is quite as it seems, but how can you resist a novel that begins with a hotel lobby smelling of "spent fireworks," and later goes on to discuss the relative merits of the competing disciplines of Nearmissology and Closecallology. No doubt there are pages to be written the relationship of the Maltese Fungus to the Maltese Falcon, but in the meantime you can just enjoy the laboratory notes which include "Nuking the fungus," and "Some puzzles have no answers. You actually want to bite your own head."
To paraphrase the Canadian poet, Nicole Brossard, two things we are running out of are water and silence. Perhaps some day Swarz will tackle silence for us as well.
Leaves you thirsty for more works from this brilliant new voice! Nov 10, 2006
Set in a future Chicago where the world's supply of potable water has dried up and one man has developed a water-like substitute that may or may not be the answer to the world's water crisis. The story follows the creepy Hayden Shivers, inventor and ex-husband, as he decides whether to hand over his slippery invention to his employer, mega-corporation Drixa, whose souless and seductive HR rep seems bent on getting the goods.
Read it. It's good.
Crystalline and effervescent Oct 30, 2006
Not only is H2O the best novel I've read all year, it's the best one I've ever written.