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A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories
Author: John Murray
ISBN 13: 9780060509293
ISBN 10: 60509295
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2004-01-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 274
List Price: $14.95

In this remarkably assured debut collection, doctors, scientists, explorers, and collectors face the emotional battles of love, loss, and obsession in exotic locations.

The New York Times

Like his characters, Mr. Murray, who trained as a doctor before he became a teaching-writing fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop, has a fascination with detail, with the tiny, distinguishing specifics that can reveal a person's mood, presage an illness or define a place. Many of his people in A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies focus on details as a way of achieving detachment, but in Mr. Murray's case, his orchestration of psychological and physical details results in stories that are as affecting as they are suspenseful. The best of these tales combine the narrative tension of an old-fashioned yarn with the emotional density of Alice Munro's fiction, compressing entire lives into a handful of pages while exposing the secrets and nightmares that connect one family member to another — Michiku Kakutani