Jennifer Murphy
SCARLET IN BLUE (Dutton, 2022)

“Murphy dazzles…This novel will leave readers questioning what is real and how mental health can affect generations in kaleidoscopic ways.”Booklist, Starred Review

"Just like a beautiful and complex painting, Scarlet in Blue pulls readers inand then captivates them with a story that is part mystery, part thriller, and wholly gripping and fascinating. The perfect dark escape."—Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost

"I don’t think I breathed from start to finish, but Scarlet in Blue was worth every breathless moment. A haunting, heart-tugging page-turner."—Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

Scarlet In Blue examines family ties that bind so tightly....This story of running from abuse is beautifully suffused with the majesty of music and the chimera of art. Once you begin this tale, you will stay until the final note.”—Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Waisted

"From word one the chase is on. And it’s Jennifer Murphy’s rapid-fire delivery that sets the pace, the mysterious ‘Shadow Man’ one step behind. But it is the fluid portrait of the world Scarlet and Blue inhabit that is the real art here, and Murphy’s language is the perfect canvas. Within this mind-labyrinth, Murphy has created a work that rightly takes its place among the best novels to explore the psychology of the mother-daughter relationship while offering a mystery with the riches of a meticulously crafted painting."—Douglas Cole, author of The White Field, a winner of the American Fiction Award


Jennifer Murphy received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. She is the recipient of the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for best fiction/mainstream novel, the 2013 Loren D. Milliman Scholarship, and was a general contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference from 2008 through 2012, Tin House in 2008 and 2010, and Wildacres in 2007 and 2009. She holds a BFA, MA, and MFA in visual arts. She has lived and studied in North Carolina, Colorado, Michigan, and Washington, and she currently resides in Houston, TX. She is the author of I Love You More and the forthcoming novel Scarlet in Blue.