The Call: A Novel

By Yannick Murphy

“Yannick Murphy, whereas being one in all our such a lot bold andoriginal writers, is at the beginning an exquisitely attuned observer ofhuman behavior. . . . Murphy’s paintings presents pretty well unexceededreading pleasure.” —Dave Eggers

Thewarm, wry, and sufferer voice of a veterinarian father tells the heartfelt storyof his younger New England family members enduring a relocating trial of loyalty, wish, andfaith when they are faced with an unthinkable drawback. Acclaimed writer Yannick Murphy’s intimate narrative type and gorgeous prosewill enthrall readers of Rivka Galchen,Padgett Powell, and Murphy’s personal Signed, Mata Hari.The name is a “triumph of quiet humorand understated good looks” (Publishers Weekly, starred overview) from anauthor that the New York instances booklet overview calls “an extraordinarilygifted fabulist.”

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