By Yannick Murphy
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062023148, 220pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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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.
- How does the format employed in the novel (call; action; thoughts on drive home; what the wife made for dinner; etc.) affect your sense of the narrative? Are you aware of this element throughout the reading? Have you read any other works that feature a similar device? Why do you think an author would choose such a format for a novel?