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Published: Grove Press - May 15th, 2019
I had dinner with Tim earlier this month and received an advance copy of his brilliant new book, Correspondents. Meet Tim in July at East End Books Ptown. I could not put this book down from the Prologue to the conclusion. The book begins with one of the best Prologues I’ve read and ends in a devastating manner, that guarantees you’ll have difficulty pausing before the conclusion!
Tim Murphy is the author of Christodora, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. He has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York. He lives in Brooklyn.
· Correspondents moves from suburban Boston to the Middle East to tell the remarkable and poignant story of the youngest child of a sprawling Irish-Lebanese family, a journalist who is posted to Baghdad during the Iraq War, and the young interpreter who befriends her.
· Correspondents describes an America where immigrants are the foundation of the country and is closely based on Murphy's own Irish-Lebanese family. His depiction of Irish immigrants is reminiscent of Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn, and his deft weaving of a multigenerational story of immigrants, settlers, and refugees evokes Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex or Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers.
· Murphy's previous book, Christodora, was longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and widely praised by critics. In the Washington Post, Garth Greenwell praised it as "[A] rich, complicated story." The New York Times called it "[A] thrillingly accomplished novel . . . Christodora sometimes seems the product of spirit possession." It was named an Indie Next Pick as well as a Best Book of the Year by the Guardian
Christodora was optioned by Paramount TV for a limited TV series directed by Ira Sachs and produced by Cary Fukunaga, who produced the award-winning Beasts of No Nation and directed True Detective and Jane Eyre.