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Erika Swyler

Biography

Erika Swyler

Erika Swyler is the author of THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, a national bestseller, Indie Next pick and a Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year. Her latest novel, LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS, is about a young girl and an invention that alters the fabric of time. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Catapult, VIDA, The New York Times and elsewhere. 

Erika lives on Long Island, NY,  with her husband and a petulant rabbit. She writes, bakes, is a casual runner, and has very strong feelings about typewriters.

Erika Swyler

Books by Erika Swyler

by Erika Swyler - Fiction

Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach --- if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda's newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his living daughter's childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time. Amidst the chaos that erupts, Nedda must confront her father and his secrets, the ramifications of which will irrevocably change her life, her community and the entire world.

by Erika Swyler - Fiction

One June day, an old book arrives on Simon Watson's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. It is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned --- always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save his sister?