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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Autumn House Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932870296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932870299
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drift and Swerve is an extraordinary collection--fourteen feverish stories propelled by Samuel Ligon's vigorous, perfect prose. Darkly funny and surprisingly moving, these tales of collision and escape feature unforgettable characters, like Nikki, who careens through the book's hard America with a ferocious, incurable case of hope. --Jess Walter

About the Author

Samuel Ligon is the author of Safe in Heaven Dead, a novel (HarperCollins2003). His stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, StoryQuarterly, Post Road, New Orleans Review, Keyhole, Sleepingfish, Gulf Coast, Other Voices, and elsewhere. He teaches at Eastern Washington University's Inland Northwest Center for Writers, and is the editor of Willow Springs. He lives in Spokane with his wife and two children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorrie Carter on March 26, 2009
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Drift and Swerve is an invitation to rummage around in a junk yard where we examine interesting pieces, recount stories of special interest, and divert to the next piece that catches our discerning eye. Ligon steers us from "Providence" to "Orlando," from "Vandals" to "Cleavage." The trip appears to be long, but in fact, is a journey that begs for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drew Biscardi on September 12, 2009
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Excellent writing. Ligon's stories are tightly crafted to keep the reader turning the pages. More than just a collection of short fiction, Drift And Swerve holds within it a greater narrative that glows white hot, the cinematic stories that feature Nikki, a teen girl wandering around America not trying to find anything, only trying to escape herself. At the same time each piece stands alone. Great stuff. Buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Haaf on November 20, 2009
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Drift and Swerve is edgy and wonderful. Ligon creates compelling characters and these stories are touching, comic, tragic - I was sucked into this world immediately and couldn't wait to find out what happens to Nikki. One of the best collections I've read in a long time.
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