Murr, Naeem The Perfect Man

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The Perfect Man

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At the age of five, Rajiv Travers, the child of an Indian mother and English father, finds himself shipped off to America to the house of his uncle's mistress, Ruth. The small town Ruth lives in turns out to be as exotic and strange to Rajiv as he is to its inhabitants. His close friendship with four local children helps him settle into his new life, but also leads to his discovery of a terrible secret that shadows the whole community. Ultimately, the chidren's changing desires and shifting loyalties, and the personal failings- and secrets- of the adults around them lead to tragic consequences...

The Perfect Man was winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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"Doing for 1950s small-town America what The Last Picture Show did in film, Naeem Murr... has created a fully-fledged, self-contained world, with a vast array of characters, each quixotic and authentically flawed" (Lionel Shriver Financial Times)

"At one level, The Perfect Man is a very competent coming-of-age novel, exploring friendship, love, heartbreak and the chilling dawn of adult wisdom in Rajiv and his group of friends. But it is also a book about arrival and departures, about developing roots in a place, particularly as an outsider" ( Times Literary Supplement)

"Where to begin? This novel has so many layers, all feeding on the theme of human imperfection and the way that we treat supposed outsiders" ( The Times)

"Carefully paced with memorable incidents and brilliant flashes of poetic description, the nevertheless muted tone of the book's slow burn makes the unremitting cataclysm, when it arrives, all the more shocking" ( Glasgow Herald)

"Murr's Booker longlisted novel is an eloquently constructed fiction... his verbal chiaroscuro of darkness and light, inky imagery and sun-dappled lyricism, creates a vision of lost innocence" ( Sunday Times)

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A hauntingly beautiful coming of age story, set in the backwoods of 1950s Missouri

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