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“The Call is the only book I’ve read by Yannick Murphy, but it has made me a fan ... It was a total unexpected pleasure.”
– Librarian Nancy Pearl discussing The Call in her webinar Nancy Pearl Presents: Books that Make Great Gifts

Yannick Murphy is the author of the novels, THE CALL, SIGNED, MATA HARI, HERE THEY COME, and THE SEA OF TREES. Her story collections include STORIES IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE and IN A BEAR’S EYE. Her children’s books include THE COLD WATER WITCH, BABY POLAR, and AHWOOOOOOOO!. She is the recipient of various awards including a Pushcart Prize, a Laurence L. and Thomas Winship/PEN New England Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Chesterfield Screenwriting award. Her story IN A BEAR’S EYE was published in the 2007 O. Henry Prize Stories.

Order a copy of THIS IS THE WATER, published in 2014 by HarperPerennial

“Obscenely suspenseful … the suspense is almost excruciating”
– Publisher’s Weekly

“Yannick Murphy, while being one of our most daring and original writers, is first and foremost an exquisitely attuned observer of human behavior. Her characters are so richly imagined and believable that when you’re finished with ... her book, you expect to find her characters’ names in the phone book. Murphy’s work provides pretty much unexceeded reading pleasure.”
– Dave Eggers, author of The Circle, What Is the What, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

This Is The Water
THE CALL

Order a copy of THE CALL, published in 2011 by HarperPerennial.

“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.” – Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly

“Displaying an almost magical economy. . . . The Call conjures the quirky satisfactions of rural life . . . true heroism is revealed in the humanity of a taciturn and decent man.” – People (★★★★)


PEN New England

Winner of the 2012 Laurence L. and Thomas Winship/PEN New England Award

Little, Brown & Co. published SIGNED, MATA HARI in November 2007.

“[An] alluring novel, ... hypnotic [and as] softly poetic as it is insistent, [Signed, Mata Hari] it entices the reader from the first lines to give Mata Hari what she always craved: not the secrets that are the currency of a spy, but the rapt attention that is oxygen to a performer.” – Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly

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SIGNED, MATA HARI
A New York Times Editor’s Choice
The Cold Water Witch Tricycle Press of Crown Publishing published “The Cold Water Witch” in the Fall of 2010.

Books

THE CALL a novel
(HarperPerennial) Summer ’11.

THE COLD WATER WITCH a children’s book
(Tricycle Books) Fall ’10.

BABY POLAR a children’s book
(Clarion Books) ’09.

SIGNED, MATA HARI a novel
(Little Brown & Co) ’07.

IN A BEAR’S EYE stories
(Dzanc Books) ’08.

HERE THEY COME stories
(McSweeney’s Books) March ’06.

AHWOOOOOOOO! a children’s book
(Clarion Books) June ’06.

THE SEA OF TREES a novel
(Houghton Mifflin 1997)

— “The Sea of Trees” was a New York Times most Notable Book 1997

— “The Sea of Trees” was included in “The Best Novels of the Nineties” by Linda Parent Lesher

STORIES IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE stories
(Alfred A. Knopf 1987)

Recent Short Stories

“Oyster City”
N Plus One Magazine May 2012
read it here: Oyster City

“Secret Language”
McSweeney’s #39 2012

“The Good Word”
One Story issue #109 ’09
Included in the “Best Required Non-Reading” 2009 edition

“The Un-Son”
TriQuarterly issue #133 ’09