The daily rhythm of a veterinarian's 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 his great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequences-testing a loving father's 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 fiction - a unique and heartfelt portrait of a family, poignant and rich in humor and imagination.
©2011 Yannick Murphy (P)2012 Tantor
"A triumph of quiet humor and understated beauty. . . . 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." (Publishers Weekly)
Really surprised that this book/performance didn't get better reviews. I loved it. It was real - the people were real. I whisper-synced this book, and William Dufris added a lot to my enjoyment. Bring on some more - from both the author and the narrator.
What this book is: a painfully gimmicky, faux-folksy ramble through a Vermont landscape that can't seem to decide if the year is 2017 or 1924.
What the author attempts: a structure that, while initially attention-grabbing, ultimately detracts from what plot there is and highlights the other flaws of the story.
What works: some of the moments cut out of the narrator's life are convincingly familiar.
What doesn't: the absurdly cherubic/precocious children, the almost total lack of a plot, the painfully predictable "twist," and the irritating structural gimmick.
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