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Donna Rifkind"Heartland Gothic" is the quickest way to describe Naeem Murr's new book, but it is as inaccurate as any shorthand for so defiantly unclassifiable a novel. The Perfect Man sits uncomfortably in its time period—the 1950s—and is not as Gothic as Murr encourages readers to expect. It isn't quite a coming-of-age story or an immigration saga, either, although the author seems to be attempting to wedge it into these categories as well.
Instead, The Perfect Man is a long, fitful narrative punctuated with intermittent patches of arrestingly beautiful writing.
—The Washington Post