Tiny Americans


Product Details

Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.4 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Devin Murphy is a national bestselling author of the novels The Boat Runner and Tiny Americans published by Harper Perennial. These books have been selected as Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers, Illinois Reads, and book of the year by the Chicago Writer's Association, and Society of Midland Authors. His short story collection, Unbend the River, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. His recent work appears in The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, The Sun, and Outside Magazine as well as many others. He holds an MFA from Colorado State University, a PHD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University, and lives in Chicago with his wife and their three kids.


"Epic in scope, Tiny Americans is a poignant examination of the ties that bind a family, and how enduring those ties may be." -- Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping

"Devin Murphy is a writer who can do it all. With Tiny Americans, he gives us the Thurbers, some of the most complicated, most endearing, and most memorable characters I've ever read. The smallest details of their lives are vested, effortlessly, with enormous power and exquisite prose. I turned the pages, breathless, and yet the scope of the novel is nothing short of epic. When people say fiction is true, this is the kind of story they mean--wherever you are and whenever you read it, you'll see that Tiny Americans is the thing that you needed." -- Nicholas Mainieri, author of The Infinite

"Absorbing and affecting, Devin Murphy's Tiny Americans looks unflinchingly at a family's early unraveling and tracks how such sorrow reverberates over the years. But in moments large and small, we also glimpse the characters' great capacity for love and an aching hope for forgiveness and connection. A sweeping and powerful family novel." -- Bryn Chancellor, author of Sycamore

"Luminous, tender, and wise, Tiny Americans is a strikingly realistic evocation of what makes and unmakes and remakes a family." -- Emily Danforth, author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post

"A mesmerizing second novel [with] an emotional and beautifully rendered denouement that readers will long remember." -- Booklist

"Though permeated with melancholy, the narrative is buoyed by exquisite details and the sense that forgiveness may be possible even if redemption is out of reach... A satisfying chronicle of fraught family dynamics." -- Shelf Awareness

"An entrancing second novel from a bestselling writer building a well-deserved reputation for beautiful prose, emotional insight, and the moral complexity of his fiction. This novel is the perfect read for fans of the film Boyhood and readers of Willy Vlautin, Denis Johnson, Roddy Doyle, and Annie Proulx." -- KFDS, Texoma's Homepage

"A complex and powerful story of family, forgiveness, and reconciliation... Moving and real." -- Sarah, Parnassus Books (Nashville)