A Gemma Open Door book
“Naeem Murr has a hideously beautiful imagination and a wholly original talent.”
―Mary Gaitskill, Veronica
“Clever and intense, Murr’s writing captures the extraordinary power of human ties.”
Albert Butler once wished to be an artist, but scandal destroyed his life. Now old and sick, he takes us back through his troubled childhood, England’s Blitz, and two passionate affairs. Returning to his former London haunts, he confronts old friends who have never forgiven him his sins, and sets out on a journey along the Thames that will bring him to the final and naked truth about himself.
Naeem Murr’s first novel, The Boy, was a New York Times Notable Book. Another novel. The Genius of the Sea was published in 2003. The Perfect Man, was awarded The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best Book of Europe and South Asia, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His work has been translated into eight languages. Naeem Murr has received many awards for his writing, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship and a PEN Beyond Margins Award. Born in London, he now makes his home in Chicago.
Paper, 100 pages
Reading level: 5.0