New Novel in the tunnels of the New York City Subway: The Man Who Noticed Everything by Adrian Van Young. Black Lawrence Publishing.
Ruined dandies, obsessive loners, young men at loose ends and more than a few unaffiliated supernatural entities navigate with varying degrees of success the literal and figurative labyrinths of Adrian Van Young’s neo-Gothic universe. A chicken-hawk tobacco farmer in Depression-era rural Georgia welcomes a dangerous drifter into his diminished circle of trust. An amnesiac burn-victim hoping to escape his dubious past forges a series of ragged connections with the occupants of a small town after joining a crew of day laborers hired to exhume a graveyard on a rich man’s property. A lovesick son of the South pursues an unknown nemesis through Civil-War-era Virginia, attended by three grotesque spirits who prognosticate in riddles on the outcome of his quest. A man so quintessentially average-looking that he cannot be perceived by others finds himself the subject of a macabre plot that musters in the tunnels of the New York City subway system.
About the Author
Adrian Van Young has taught writing at Boston College, Boston University and Grub Street Writers Inc., a creative writing non- profit. At various points in time, he has also taught writing and literature at the Calhoun School, 826 NYC and the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School. He received his B.A. in English at Vassar College, and his MFA in fiction at Columbia University, where he formerly taught as well. In 2008, he was the recipient of a Henfield Foundation Prize and was nominated for inclusion in the Best New American Voices 2010 Anthology. He is currently in the midst of writing a historical novel based on the life of William H. Mumler, the father of spirit photography, and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler. His fiction and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Lumina, Gigantic, Lacuna, The Believer, Electric Literature, The American Reader, and Black Warrior Review. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Darcy where he teaches creative writing and composition at Tulane University.