A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murray

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These vivid and compelling tales, many set in Africa and Asia, are about immigrants and others facing change and dislocation. The science is never pedantic; indeed the language of biology and natural history is used to great lyrical effect. The stories are accomplished and seasoned, remarkably so given that this is the author’s first book. Murray is adept at holding together a complex narrative and creating characters who reach out emotionally to the reader upon first meeting.

Global in scope, classical in form, evocative of place, and deeply emotional, this collection marks the beginning of what promises to be an illustrious career.

 

About John Murray

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John Murray trained as a doctor and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a teaching-writing fellow. "The Hill Station" won the Prairie Lights Short Fiction Award, and the title story was selected by Joyce Carol Oates for the "Best New American Voices 2002" fiction anthology. John Murray currently lives in Iowa.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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“Watson and the Shark” concerns doctors in Africa tending to the knifed masses in an atrocity, and “The Carpenter who Looked Like a Boxer” finds a young cuckold hearing phantom termites in his house a year after his masochistic wife has left.

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"The Carpenter Who Looked like a Boxer" is a beautifully restrained, vivid story about a gifted artisan trying to piece his life back together around the "great open wound" left by his wife's departure.

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Spinella turns in a smart, crisp performance of these achingly personal stories that take place at the crossroads of a variety of characters' lives.

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Book Reporter

This remarkable collection of short stories is written by a medical doctor-turned-author.

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Entertainment Weekly

Murray has a medical background, an Iowa Writers' Workshop degree, and, judging from his debut story collection, one hell of an orderly sock drawer.

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PopMatters

The cover blurb heralds this collection of eight stories as a “remarkable debut.” A little hyperbole on the publisher’s part?

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