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Here They Come
Here They Come
Author: Yannick Murphy
Here They Come is the lyrical, startling and poignant third novel from Yannick Murphy, a National Endowment for the Arts award winner and one of the freshest voices in American fiction today. Splitting time between a ramshackle apartment and a lonely hot dog vendor, the observant thirteen-year-old who stands steadily at the center of H...  more » gives lyrical voice to an unforgettable instant —1970s New York, stifling, violent and full of life. Balanced between her enigmatic siblings, detached parents, and a quiet sense of the surreal, she recounts a year of startling moments with dark humor and deadpan resilience.
ISBN-13: 9780802143198
ISBN-10: 0802143199
Publication Date: 5/10/2007
Pages: 256
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

2.5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Grove Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This is a very interesting book-- it is told through linked vignettes with a mixture of named and unnamed characters. The narrator herself is unnamed throughout the book, though it doesn't affect the reader's connection with her and her vivid point of view. Her world is a mess. Between her suffering mother, drunken grandmother, dear sisters, suicidal brother, deadbeat father, and a mess of other characters who inhabit her New York City surroundings, the reader is able to get a devastating picture of a young life that seems to be in tatters.

It certainly is enigmatic, though thoroughly engrossing despite the very matter-of-fact narration of the thirteen year-old girl. She doesn't pull any punches, and though it's sometimes disturbing or disheartening, Murphy has skillfully written a book that is guaranteed to hold your attention.

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