Lowboy Paperback – 19 Mar 2009
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John Wray invests his anti-hero's skewed perspective with empathy and complexity.
One of our most astonishing and relevant young writers. -- Esquire
Sucks you into the tunnels under New York and doesn't let you go until its perfect ending. Wray effortlessly portrays the cracked and distorted mind of his teenage hero. What a beguiling novel. -- Tim Pears
Uncompromising [and] ... excellent. A meticulously constructed novel, immensely satisfying in the perfect, precise beat of its plot.
-- New York Times
[A] lip-biting thriller. -- Marie Claire
Sucks you into the tunnels under New York and doesn't let you go until its perfect ending. Wray effortlessly portrays the cracked and distorted mind of his teenage hero. What a beguiling novel.See all Product Description
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Ali Lateef, a New York City detective whose area of expertise is "Special Category Missing," is hoping that Will's mother, "Miss Heller," sometimes known as Violet, can provide enough information to allow him to find Will in the seven or eight hours before his lack of medication pushes him into violence, but she, too, has her problems. As Will travels the subways, he recalls stories his grandfather told him about an underground city beside the Musaquantas River, and, in fact, he finds a whole "city" beneath the streets, when he follows a homeless woman named "Heather Covington," through the tunnels and into a "room" beneath a grate on the street. He then tries to find "Emily," outside the subway, the only young woman he has ever been close to, and who seemed fond of him two years ago. The seriousness of Will's psychosis is obvious, however, from the fact that he has been committed to his special "school" because he pushed Emily onto the tracks of the subway just two years past, narrowly missing the third rail.Read more ›
The story takes place in a time line of just over 24 hours in which we find that Will (Lowboy) has absconded from an institution he refers to as 'school' after not taking his medication for some days. It is common that mentally ill people stop taking their medication thinking that as they feel better, they no longer need it. There were side effects of the drugs which Will was feeling. These side effects (according to Lowboy) were hindering him in 'saving the world' but are also very common in 16 year old boys! As the day continues his lucidity starts to fail him more and it becomes apparant that he needs to be caught before he hurts himself and those around him.
It seemed to me that there were two main characters in the novel and these were rolled out seamlessly without warning. Will, who could have rational thoughts and Lowboy who was the dreamer, the Paranoid Schizophrenic. The charactors were few on the ground which was a good thing as the novel was a slightly challenging read - not exactly linear! But there is a conclusion, and a basis to the story - I think lol!!
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William Heller, aka Lowboy, is on the run after breaking his conditions of release from Bellevue psychiatric hospital. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2010 by Jo Bennie
A young boy is schizophrenic and sees things and hides out in the New York subway.It holds your interest at first as it's very portentous,you wait for something exciting to happen... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2009 by tubby barton