The Call by Yannick Murphy
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“Yannick Murphy, while being one of our most daring andoriginal writers, is first and foremost an exquisitely attuned observer ofhuman behavior. . . . Murphy’s work provides pretty much unexceededreading pleasure.” —Dave Eggers

Thewarm, wry, and patient voice of a veterinarian father tells the heartfelt storyof his young New England family enduring a moving trial of loyalty, hope, andfaith after they are confronted with an unthinkable crisis. Acclaimed author Yannick Murphy’s intimate narrative style and lovely prosewill enthrall readers of Rivka Galchen,Padgett Powell, and Murphy’s own Signed, Mata Hari.The Call is a “triumph of quiet humorand understated beauty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) from anauthor that the New York Times Book Review calls “an extraordinarilygifted fabulist.”


About Yannick Murphy

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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 August 2, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 247 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Murphy is a subtle, psychologically perceptive writer, and the book has a wry humor that's laconic and surreal and shot through with the tender mysteries of family life.

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Publishers Weekly

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A triumph of quiet humor and understated beauty, Murphy's latest (after Signed, Mata Hari) takes the form of a diary belonging to veterinarian David Appleton, who recounts a year of converging perils: the slow grind of the recession, his worrying medical test results, a strange recurring vision, ...

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Being the child of a great artist is one of the better ways to ensure a lifetime of therapy, but for Annie and Buster in Kevin Wilson's inventive and hilarious debut novel, "The Family Fang" (Ecco, 309 pages, $23.99), the situation is especially dire.

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New York Journal of Books

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“By way of recommending Yannick Murphy and The Call, I point out that it is the rare novel that is good enough to send the reader off to seek and find the author’s earlier books .

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The Bookbag

Summary: For confident readers, teens and adults too, The Call Of The Wild is a timeless classic.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

(Yannick Murphy lives in rural Vermont with her veterinarian husband, three children, and two Newfoundlands.) If this sounds prosaic, let me stress that The Call is anything but: it is fresh and beguiling on several levels.

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Chamber Four

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Time Out New York

The portrait we get of the vet's family (a harried wife, two daughters, a son, two giant dogs and a rabbit), his work (castrating, birthing, putting down sheep, cows, horses, goats with injections and guns) and his woes (legion) feels total.

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn

The first thing you notice when reading Yannick Murphy’s novel The Call is the way that it’s organized.

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