Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20070921
Raised in London by his Irish mother after his Lebanese father died when he was two, Naeem Murr now lives in the United States. He discusses his 2007 novel, The Perfect Man, which was long-listed for the 2006 Booker Prize in the United Kingdom. Set in small-town Missouri with a wide range of characters, the work has been compared to Faulkner’s fiction. Murr discusses how his training in engineering has affected the structure of his three novels, and how his time spent in Missouri inspired the setting for this particular work.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads from her book, ...
A holiday favorite, this highly anthologized short story is read by the late author Grace Paley. "The Loudest Voice" is an amusing tale about a little Jewish girl, chosen to play the lead in her school's Christmas pageant, and her ...
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