Yannick Murphy
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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 BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, 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. She and her veterinarian husband live in Vermont and also breed red Golden Retrievers (Facebook).

Order a copy of BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS stories, published 2021

“Darkly funny, brilliantly absurd, insightful, poignant, and often heartbreaking, the stories in Yannick Murphy’s career-spanning collection, By the Time You Read This, affirm her place among the best of our writers. Each is a wry, sparkling testimony to our struggles to connect in family, love, and friendship. Her narrators reach for ‘the speech of the heart,’ whether from the depths of a submarine, or in an extended suicide note. Like Rachel Cusk, Murphy has invented a language all her own.”
— Kate Walbert, author His Favorites and A Short History of Women

By the Time You Read This


"Murphy’s canny collection (after This Is the Water) serves up an intriguing and illuminating mix of character studies. . . . As always, Murphy’s cool, minimalist style is undeniably appealing.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

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

Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2014!

This Is The Water


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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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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.



   THIS IS THE WATER a novel
   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.

(Little Brown & Co) ’07.

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

(McSweeney’s Books) March ’06.

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

(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

(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