The Perfect Man explores the powerâ€”both destructive and liberatingâ€”of what is not told, of the secrets that can shape us more profoundly than everything we believe to be true.
Rajiv Travers, the child of an Indian mother and English father, is abandoned first to relatives in London and later to the care of his uncleâ€™s mistress, Ruth Winters, who lives in a small American town. Beginning with Ruth, a remote figure who writes romance novels filled with perfect men, this town turns out to be as exotic and strange to Rajiv as he is to its inhabitants. But Rajiv, though always an outsider, finds love when he is befriended by four of the townâ€™s children. As the children grow older, their friendship becomes increasingly intense, and is complicated not only by desire and shifting loyalties, but also by the personal failingsâ€”and secretsâ€”of the adults around them.
One secret in particular is masked by silence: the mystery surrounding the death, years before Rajivâ€™s arrival, of an autistic child. When the silence breaks, the violence, anger, and madness that erupts costs one of Rajivâ€™s friends the chance for any real future.
As Rajiv tries to establish his place in a town besieged by what cannot be spoken, some of the people he encounters fail utterly in their humanity, bringing about horrific consequences. Others, like Ruthâ€”and Rajiv himselfâ€”though hardly perfect, at least struggle to understand and accept not only what love gives, but what it exacts.
Publication date: 06/04/2006
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
|Publication date:||6th April 2006|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd|
Naeem Murr was born and raised in London and has lived in the USA since 1987. He has published a number of prize winning stories and novellas. His critically acclaimed first novel, The Boy, was published in 1998 and has been translated into six languages.More About Naeem Murr