Iphigenia Murphy

Iphigenia Murphy

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Running away from home hasn't solved Iphigenia Murphy's problems. In fact, it's only a matter of time before they'll catch up with her. Iffy is desperate to find her long-lost mother, and, so far, in spite of the need to forage for food and shelter and fend off an unending number of creeps, living in Queens' Forest Park has felt safer than living at home. But as the summer days get shorter, it all threatens to fall apart.

A novel that explores the sustaining love of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the indelible bond of family, Iphigenia Murphy captures the gritty side of 1992 Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City. Just like Iffy, the friends she makes in the park--Angel, a stray dog with the most ridiculous tail; Corinne, a young trans woman who is escaping her own abusive situation; and Anthony, a former foster kid from upstate whose parents are addicts--each seek a place where they feel at home. Whether fate or coincidence has brought them together, within this community of misfits Iffy can finally be herself, but she still has to face the effects of abandonment and abuse--and the possibility that she may be pregnant. During what turns out to be a remarkable journey to find her mother, will Iffy ultimately discover herself?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 299 pages
  • 142 x 208 x 30mm | 499g
  • English
  • 1982618299
  • 9781982618292
  • 1,867,797

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"Written in 90s straight-up Queens vernacular, Hosey's gritty and unflinching coming-of-age story offers hope without skimping on real-life issues. One of the most impressive things about Hosey's prose is her subtlety, allowing the reader to depict the hardships many people face by her use of silence. Iphigenia Murphy is a heart-wrenching, gritty, critical read."

-- "Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait and the forthcoming Somebody Told Me"
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102 ratings
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