A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories Murray has a medical background, an Iowa Writers' Workshop degree, and, judging from his debut story collection, one hell of an orderly sock drawer. Just… A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories Murray has a medical background, an Iowa Writers' Workshop degree, and, judging from his debut story collection, one hell of an orderly sock drawer. Just… 2003-03-04 Fiction
Book Review

A FEW SHORT NOTES ON TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 04, 2003; Writer: John Murray; Genre: Fiction

Murray has a medical background, an Iowa Writers' Workshop degree, and, judging from his debut story collection, one hell of an orderly sock drawer. Just about all of his yarns follow scientists and other people of habit and regimen -- e.g., a cholera expert, a carpenter, a Red Cross surgeon -- who are thrust into tumult, usually in exotic locales. If there is perhaps too much harping on the same themes in much the same style, Murray makes up for it with his writing, which displays a braininess that can't be faked and a flair that won't be denied.

Originally posted Mar 14, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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