Meet the Author
Michael Patrick Murphy was born south of Boston and comes from a family with strong native ties to South Boston. He spent ten years getting an education on Morrissey Boulevard– his high school and college years lived out in and around the areas of Dorchester, South Boston, and Boston. Inspired by stories his grandmother told him of the city’s history, and of his great-grandfather, Boston City Councilor Michael Mahoney, Murphy originally wrote Neighborhood Lines while in college. This timely heart-felt novel captures the unique atmosphere of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s in Boston, when the aftershocks of court-ordered busing to public schools lingered on, integration of the all-white housing projects had begun, and the murder rate had reached record-breaking figures.
Neighborhood Lines tells the story of two young men— Nate and Patrick, who arise out of tough neighborhoods and challenging family circumstances to make decisions in their youth that profoundly affect their future. Murphy’s hope in writing the novel is that it be used as a tool to open up dialogues about race, class and the common ground that can be achieved by working together to solve conflicts. Murphy, who owns several businesses in the Boston area, lives on the South Shore with his wife and two children.