The Call

By Yannick Murphy
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062023148, 220pp.)

Publication Date: August 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2011 Indie Next List
“This sweet, funny novel - told in a series of call reports from a country vet - details the life of a family whose peace is shattered when their young son is left comatose from a hunting accident. The warmth, humor and believability of the characters - including the four-legged variety - balance out the darker elements of the story and make The Call an absolute delight to read. E.B. White meets James Herriot with just a touch of Jonathan Safron Foer.”
-- Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI


The daily rhythm of a veterinarians family in rural New England is shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma. With the lives of his loved ones unhinged, the veterinarian struggles to maintain stability while searching for the man responsible. But in the midst of their great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequencestesting a loving fathers patience, humor, and resolve and forcing husband and wife to come to terms with what family truly means.

The Call is a gift from one of the most talented and extraordinary voices in contemporary fictiona unique and heartfelt portrait of a family, poignant and rich in humor and imagination.

About the Author
Yannick Murphy is the author of the novels "Signed, Mata Hari"; "Here They Come"; and "The Sea of Trees", as well as two story collections and several children's books.

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