Yellow Switch Palace – David Bingham
“This is a story of two and a half friends.”
Yellow Switch Palace is the world. It is, in premise, the entirety of human existence, my team versus your team, til defeat. David Bingham has written a debut novel somewhere between hard realism and high fantasy/sci-fi romance. Cerebral and erudite, as the world turns the pieces fall together and the outcome is ruthlessly calculated, meted out in inexorable consequence. Mythic, urgent, addictive, centered on a mobile video game and quasi-love triangle, a circle of friends partying and scheming on a college campus and suburbs near the nation’s capital, where nothing is as it seems and time is always raging, echoing, hiccuping, scrambling radars, the embattled players competing for territorial acquisitions, communicating in vague paramilitary, druggy and paranoid tones, your side against mine, a war of winner take all. The game embeds itself in human lives as textures and sensations, and the story is a wondrous slice of life, a tender coming of age to be intuitively felt, pored and puzzled over more than once. A seductive, instant reread, structural depth and elegance balanced by messy lives, abounding with wit, communal hallucination, political satire, scientific theory, historical/cultural trivia sweeping us along a bizarre, enigmatic slick of noir-ish vibes and imagination, a taut möbius band of a plot. David Bingham’s Yellow Switch Palace is a singular, total aesthetic experience. You will feel stunned and overwhelmed. Memory, violence, and pain. Elemental conflict is the metaphysics, the state of play and rules of engagement are changing fluidly, porously. Prepare for the coming struggle.
5.5×8.5″. 258 pages perfect-bound. Cover Design by Elizabeth von Oehsen, adapted from Art by Aletiune. Wrapped & Set by Michael Kazepis. Edited by Sam Pink. PREORDER: Ships June 16th or sooner.