Here They Come by Yannick Murphy

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Here They Come is the lyrical, startling and poignant third novel from Yannick Murphy, a National Endowment for the Arts award winner and one of the freshest voices in American fiction today. Splitting time between a ramshackle apartment and a lonely hot dog vendor, the observant thirteen-year-old who stands steadily at the center of Here They Come gives lyrical voice to an unforgettable instant —1970s New York, stifling, violent and full of life. Balanced between her enigmatic siblings, detached parents, and a quiet sense of the surreal, she recounts a year of startling moments with dark humor and deadpan resilience.

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Kristen Balouch is an award-winning author and illustrator of The Mystery Bottle, The King and the Three Thieves, Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Tale, and Listen to the Storyteller: A Trio of Musical Tales from Around the World. She was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, has received the Erza Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, and her books have been selected as a Golden Kite Illustration Honor Book, a CCBC Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, and a Charlotte Zolotow Commended Book. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, and is on the web at 9780547076515
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 260 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Smitty herself is hard to get a read on: She casually peppers her statements with the f-word and calls her father’s new girlfriend “the slut,” but none of it makes her seem tough, but more like grimly lackadaisical.

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Told by a precocious unnamed 13-year-old girl who bends spoons with her mind, Murphy's gorgeous third book of fiction recounts the story of a poor family's coming-of-age in 1970s New York.

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Austin Chronicle

Yannick Murphy's Here They Come is, as its main character might say, a fuck of a book.

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