*Andy's Pick*

I am straddling the divide between the comfortable insulation of college and the weighty responsibilities of adulthood like Art the narrator in The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. The story follows the narrator, Art, as he travels around the city trying to uncover pieces of his burgeoning adult identity. Art’s sexuality, in particular, has garnered a disproportionate amount of critical attention, but the narrator’s dynamic with his mobster father, superficial friendships, and relationship with the city itself are all pieces in the puzzle that is Art‘s life. After all, I never thought aimlessly cruising through Shadyside, Oakland, and Squirrel Hill could make for such an engaging novel until I moved to Pittsburgh and saw the mysteries of the city for myself.

So, what do you think?