Everyone is Watching
'Beautiful, kaleidoscopic ...everyone should be watching Megan Bradbury from now on' Eimear McBride, Baileys Prize-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing New York: A city that inspires. A city that draws people in. A city where everyone is watching, waiting to see what will happen next. 1967. Robert Mapplethorpe knows he is an artist. From his childhood home in Queens he yearns for the heat and excitement of the city, the press of other people's bodies. He wants to be watched, he wants to be known. 1891. Walt Whitman has already found fame, and has settled into his own sort of old age. Still childlike, still passionate, he travels with his friend and biographer Bucke to the city he has always adored, the scene of his greatest triumphs and rejections. 1922. Robert Moses is a man with a vision. Standing on the edge of Long Island he knows what it could become. Walking down a street in Brooklyn he sees its future. He is the man who will build modern New York. 2013. Edmund White is back in New York. It's the city of his youth, of his life and loves. He remembers days of lazy pleasure, nights of ecstasy and euphoria. But years have gone by since then. Everyone is Watching is a novel about the men and women who have defined New York. Through the lives and perspectives of these great creators, artists and thinkers, and through other iconic works of art that capture its essence, New York itself solidifies. Complex, rich, sordid, tantalizing, it is constantly changing and evolving. Both intimate and epic in its sweep, Everyone is Watching is a love letter to New York and its people - past, present and future.
A beautiful and beguiling novel of New York told through the lives of some of those who have defined the city: Robert Moses, Edmund White, Walt Whitman and Robert Mapplethorpe.
This beautiful, kaleidoscopic imagining of the artists' creation of New York means everyone should be watching Megan Bradbury from now on -- Eimear McBride, Baileys Prize-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing Megan Bradbury's daring, urgent novel is a thrilling act of psychic and historical excavation, a profound examination of the relationship between urban spaces and the making of art. A moving portrait of lives linked across time, Everyone is Watching is an important addition to the literature of New York. -- Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You This is a wonderful book, unique and surprising, alive to the energy and mystery of New York, written in language that swings between spare poetry and raw, gnarly sex. -- Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine Sentence by sentence, scene by scene, Everyone is Watching is as beautifully constructed as the city it celebrates. Here is New York through the eyes of its artists, in a novel as striking and memorable and brave as the art it describes. -- Andrew Cowan An astonishing debut novel from a true original, whose talent pours out of these pages. A magical interweaving of New York stories from the perspectives of the architects and artists who made Manhattan in their image and whose loves, schemes, ambitions and dreams all connect through time, pyschogeography and Megan Bradbury's luminous prose. -- Cathi Unsworth A wonderful read ... Everyone is Watching reaches beyond itself in such fascinating ways ... I was left with a much richer sense of New York as a city, and a much deeper sense of the creative life of cities (and people!) in general. So, a very satisfying, thought provoking read indeed. -- Al Robertson, author of Crashing Heaven Megan Bradbury writes with the elegance of a Tiffany's diamond and the intensity of Times Square at rush hour. Through the eyes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Walt Whitman, Robert Moses and Edmund White, we experience the passion, heartbreak and soaring ambition that defines New York City. -- Patricia Morrisroe, author Mapplethorpe: A Biography Everyone is Watching is an astonishing debut. Megan Bradbury has written a subtle and powerful novel of New York, its architects, artists and - her greatest achievement - the consciousness of the city itself. -- Jean McNeil Illuminating ... It sends you back to its sources while demanding that you read on. -- David Flusfleder An impressively original debut ... Everyone is Watching manages to be both intimate and epic at the same time - quite an achievement The Bookseller
Megan Bradbury was born in the United States and grew up in Britain. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. In 2012 she was awarded the Charles Pick Fellowship at UEA and in 2013 she won an Escalator Literature Award and a Grant for the Arts to help fund the completion of her first novel, Everyone is Watching.