The Call

The Call

A Novel

Book - 2011
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When a hunting accident leaves his son in a coma, the son's veterinarian father tries to find the man responsible while maintaining normalcy for his family until an unexpected visitor asks a favor that will test his resolve and force him to come to terms with what it truly means to be a family. Original. 30,000 first printing.

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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.”

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When a hunting accident leaves his son in a coma, the son's veterinarian father tries to find the man responsible while maintaining normalcy for his family until an unexpected visitor asks a favor that will test his resolve and force him to come to termswith what it truly means to be a family.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062023148
0062023144
Branch Call Number: FIC MURPHY
Characteristics: 220 p. ;,21 cm

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When a hunting accident leaves his son in a coma, the son's veterinarian father tries to find the man responsible while maintaining normalcy for his family until an unexpected visitor asks a favor that will test his resolve and force him to come to terms with what it truly means to be a family.


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Blue_18
Oct 01, 2015

The small amount of time required to read this book is worth the effort.

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barbara23
Aug 25, 2014

Through the routines of everyday life a poignant story of family emerges. Stick with this book and it will stay in your head for a long time. Very satisfying. And a quick read.

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lpreston214
Aug 26, 2013

This novel is written in a unique style I've never encountered before. Every paragraph is headed with things like "what the kids said" and "what the wife cooked". As veterinarian David treats horses and sheep, visits his comatose son and sees a UFO we become immersed in the large and small aspect of his life. Life. He is surrounded with it. The animals he treats, their owners, his family, even flies buzzing in his house in winter. This book is chock full of life. You'll read it all in one gulp and wonder where the time went. It's too short. Just like, ya know...

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Mr_Pear
Aug 12, 2013

This is a great story. The documentation-style writing is a little off-putting at first, but I found myself getting used to it and even liking it after the first 10 pages. It's a quick book as well. I'm not a fast reader, but I read this in 4-5 sittings.

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aplumpe
Aug 04, 2012

I really like the way this was written...as diary entries based on calls received by a large animal vet. Definitely not what I was expecting. Well done.

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hope101
Nov 24, 2011

Wry, poignant, brave and one of my favorite books ever, this novel is written in the form of work documentation from the POV of a tender-hearted New England vet.

It was one of Kirkus's top 25 for 2011, and deservedly so.

Mary43 Oct 21, 2011

Marvelous book. Unusual style of writing which I really enjoyed for a change. Found it intriguing and refreshing. This author made me smile a lot through the tough grit of life. Charachterers both memorable and loveable, quirky and serious.

lilylibrarian Oct 17, 2011

The story of a rural New England veterinarian, told through diary-like entries of his thoughts as he goes through his interactions with family, neighbors, animal patients and their owners, and the natural world around him.

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Jan 18, 2013

WHAT COACH MAKES US DO: Swim underwater two lengths of the pool without taking a breath.
WHAT I CAN'T DO: Hold my breath for even one length. I am sorry. I just like to breathe, I tell coach.

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