Maud Casey’s latest novel, The Man Who Walked Away (Bloomsbury, 2014), is the real life-inspired tale of the nineteenth-century Frenchman Albert Dadas who, in the first documented case of fugue, wandered Europe in a mysterious state of amnesia. After Casey’s character Albert Dadas meets the imaginary asylum doctor (named “Doctor”), the novel becomes an irresistible study in contrasts. The Man Who Walked Away has been praised by The Washington Post and NPR. Casey will read along with authors D. Foy and Joseph Riipi at the Ivy Bookstore’s Starts Here! reading series at Artifact Coffee on Monday, April 28th at 7:00 pm.
Starts Here! cohost Sandy Fink talked with Casey about The Man Who Walked Away and the connections between pathological wanderlust and the search for “home.”
Sandy Fink: It is a pleasure to welcome you to Starts Here! on April 28, 7:00 at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore. You teach at the University of Maryland, so I assume you’ve been to Baltimore…
Maud Casey: I lived in Baltimore for three years, from 2002-2005. I was writer-in-residence at Gilman School for a year, and then was hired by the University of Maryland to teach in the MFA Program.