Adrian Van Young is the author of two books of fiction, Shadows in Summerland and The Man Who Noticed Everything. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Conjunctions, BOMB, The Believer, Granta, and The New Yorker, among others. His second collection, Midnight Self, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2023. He lives in New Orleans with his family. “Bethlehem” is an excerpt from his novel-in-progress, Rough Beast.