2021 - Shortlisted


Murmurations is both novella and discontinuous narrative, exploring with compassion and sensitivity the interconnecting lives of six couples from 1960 to the present. Intimacy is shown in various forms, from close union to irreparable separation. Each section of the book is loosely inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and set within a Hopper landscape. With fine attention to detail, Lefevre astutely captures the emotional texture of those works in language. Formally inventive and meticulously observed, this is a beautifully crafted jewel of a work.