Item description for Here They Come by Yannick Murphy...
Splitting time between a garbage-strewn apartment and an overly affectionate hot dog vendor, the observant thirteen-year-old at the center of Here They Come gives lyrical voice to an unforgettable instant --- 1970s New York, stifling, violent, and full of life. Balanced between her enigmatic siblings, borderline parents, and a quiet sense of the surreal, she recounts a year of vivid, mundane moments with dark humor and deadpan resilience. Bytheauthor of the New York Times Notable Book Sea of Trees.
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Yannick Murphy has received a Whiting Writer's Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a MacDowell Artists' Colony Fellowship, a Sewanee Writers' Conference fellowship, and a Chesterfield Writing Program Fellowship. Her first children's book was "Ahwoooooooo!" (Clarion, spring 2006) and she is also the author of the highly-praised adult novels "Here They Come" (McSweeney's), "The Sea of Trees" (Houghton), and "Signed, Mata Hari" (Little, Brown). She lives in Reading, Vermont, with her husband and three children. You can read more about her at www.yannickmurphy.com.
Yannick Murphy currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Here They Come?
A Notable Memoir Jun 26, 2008
I think Dustin Long's review sums up this book well. I'll let this notable author's enthusiastic remarks about this book stand without amendments from me.
I'm writing this note mainly to challenge a couple of the negative reviews and also say that this book probably isn't for everyone - esp. those who are mired in traditional forms like the reviewer who couldn't locate the plot in this book. I suspect this is a matter of taste on the reviewer's part and not that the author forgot or neglected to include something fundamental in her work.
That said, if you liked "On The Road" and "Catcher in the Rye" then you'll probably enjoy "Here They Come" as well. I think the other reviewer who mentioned Wes Anderson is right on with that comparison, too.
I'm very, very careful about what I read because my free time is so scarce - this book was well worth my time.
Beautiful! Dec 18, 2007
Yes, perhaps there is some truth to the not-so-good customer reviews, and yet these points are only to the author's credit. I have just finished Here They Come and am still reeling from it, with it. Beautifully written, the characters dance from the pages, and though theirs is not often a wholly pretty, graceful dance, the writing that depicts the steps is always pitch-perfect. I am a reader who finds faults in most published works, and here I found very few. I believed and believed in these characters, and while I was often appalled by their life, I also fell in love with it. When a writer can breathe such life into a fictional account that the reader then dreams of the characters, I'd say that that writer has been successful. Bravo, Ms. Murphy! I am anxious to begin her latest.
Wonderful - One of the Best Books of 2006 Oct 28, 2007
To all the reviewers who say this book has no plot and doesn't go anywhere, you may be right - but does it really matter? Here They Come reminds me of a Wes Anderson movie - there may not be a lot going on, but with such real characters and dialogue, who cares?
Murphys' writing is beautiful, funny, and fun to read - check it out.
Here Sucks Come **SPOILERS** Jun 4, 2006
What trash. Hasn't this been done before Yannick? Come on! You're reading and you want the Hot dog man to step it up and you want the shotgun to go off at least once. Oh my God why does everyone just point it at each other?! I know this is largely autobio but jeez, boring! Mom should get over 'merde.' Sort of well writtenish but generally lame everything else. Pretentious. Don't waste your time.
Fantastic! May 1, 2006
I loved this book. I loved how she wove together all these beautifully written episodes that spiralled together and formed one great story about growing up. It was almost magical what she did. I never knew where the story was going to go next, but whatever direction it took, it always seemed to be the right direction.