About the Book
by Sara Hosey
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: March 10th 2020
Genre: Young Adult
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?
There are some girls that nobody looks for. Turns out, I was one of those girls. Just like my mother.Sara Hosey
You have no idea how excited I have been about this 90s revival. You know, I say as I sit here typing under a brightly colored quilt in 90s baggy jeans and a graphic tee-shirt. There’s just something about revisiting my childhood that makes me happy. So OF COURSE I immediately HAD to read Iphigenia Murphy when I found out about it! I mean, a run away living in a tent in Queens? It’s just like this story was made from me (you know, I say again as I impatiently wait for more backpacking supplies to come in the mail).
Let me start off by saying I love the writing in this book! It’s brutally honest, which makes it so much more realistic. It truly feels like you’re reading about a teenager compared to all of those teenage characters who sound like mid-century poets. My only real complaint is that it took me like 30 tries before I (think) I got Iphigenia pronounced correctly. It’s a genius name, but boy what a mouthful!
This book covers some brutal topics, but they are very real issues in society. This takes me back to the honesty part I mentioned before. I find that I really love books that don’t skim around topics or try to sugar coat all of the nuances of life. This book features a diverse cast of characters that all miraculously seem to come together and show that life isn’t always the dream that you see in movies,.
About the Author
Sara Hosey holds a PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is an associate professor of English and women and gender studies at Nassau Community College. Her book, Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers (McFarland, 2019), looks at representations of the domestic in popular culture. Sara grew up in Queens and now lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with her partner and their children. She is working on a second novel.
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Starts: 4th March 2020
Ends: 18th March 2020
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▪︎Giveaway ends on MARCH 18th (00:00 GMT+1). 1 winner will be chosen on @theffbc.
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The winner will be announced after MARCH 20TH 2020 on our Instagram stories. ONLY 1 WINNER. OPEN US ONLY. The winner will be contacted via Instagram.
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