(born March 1965) is a British-born novelist and short story writer of Lebanese
descent. He is the author of three novels
acclaimed for their dark portraiture and stark, original prose. He currently lives in Chicago
with his wife, poet Averill Curdy.
Born in London
, Murr moved to the United States
in his early twenties and has been a writer-in-residence at numerous universities, including Western Michigan University
, the University of Missouri
, and Northwestern University
and was a Stanford University
Creative Writing Fellow. His first novel, The Boy
, concerns a father's search for a strange orphan he adopted into his family who has fled to live in a slum as a prostitute. It was a New York Times
Notable Book. A second novel, The Genius of the Sea
, explores the fears and failures of a social-worker coming to terms with his life by talking with a man who now occupies his dead mother's apartment. His most recent book The Perfect Man
was published in 2007 to critical acclaim. The novel was awarded The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best Book of Europe/South Asia, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize
. Set in the 1950s, The Perfect Man
details the life of an unwanted boy sent first from India to London, and then to small-town Missouri
, and the complex web of relationships he develops as he matures.
Murr has received many awards for his writing, including a Lambda Literary Award
, a Lannan Residency Fellowship
, a Guggenheim Fellowship
, and a......