Review: Globe and Mail

May 5, 2012

Whiteout gets a nice review in Canada’s paper of record, the Globe and Mail. It’s nice to see the book doing well on its own terms! A taste:

In this book, Murray’s celebrated lyric virtuosity is tempered, or rather, deepened, by the kind of knowing humility that makes for great drinking songs. Whiteout speaks in the wry, stunned voice of a man answering time’s wake-up call.

Life, for Murray, veers suddenly from careening down a well-worn track to “exposed planes in which you whirl without direction.” One emerges from Murray’s “book of white nothing” as from a strange state of suspension, with a fresh sense of our capacity for new beginnings.


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