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The Call
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The Call
A Novel

Acclaimed author Yannick Murphy presents a beautifully written novel about a family of five in rural New England, told through the charming, witty, and loving voice of the veterinarian father.

Acclaimed author Yannick Murphy presents a beautifully written novel about a family of five in rural New England, told through the charming, witty, and loving voice of the veterinarian father.

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  • AudioFile Magazine The daily journal of country veterinarian David Appleton describes the calls for his services, the mundane details of his days, and important revelations relating to the shooting and near death of his son in a hunting accident. Narrator William Dufris plays the part of David with a perfect balance of melancholy and raw emotion. He captures the essence of a father's worst nightmare, David's relief at his son's recovery, and his emotional struggle when the shooter can't be found. The story isn't all dark--there are lovely moments of warmth and humor. The journal format could make the written story seem choppy or flat, but Dufris's narration adds an extra dimension. M.M.G. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 18, 2011
    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, and the unwanted attention of a mysterious stranger. Then, when David's 12-year-old son, Sam, is shot in a hunting accident and winds up comatose, his family has every claim to despair; instead, they battle through, even as David's search for his son's shooter goes nowhere, and the stranger reveals a shocking, potentially life-altering secret. The trials of David's family are interposed with the calls he takes in his veterinary practice, in which he tends to sick sheep and injured horses with the same gentleness he shows his young children and exasperated but loving wife. These scenes evoke the dulcet cadences of life in a rural New England town, a place of stoicism and goodwill without the embroidery of folksy clichés. Murphy's subtle, wry wit and an appealing sense for the surreal leaven moments of anger and bleakness, and elevate moments of kindness, whimsy, and grace.

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