Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the bookstagram & creative blog tour for Iphigenia Murphy by Sara Hosey hosted by MTMC Tours! 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. Releasing on March 10th, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing! Also, information on the international giveaway will be down below!
Title: Iphigenia Murphy
Author: Sara Hosey
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publishing Date: March 10th, 2020
Genres: YA Contemporary
Synopsis: 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?
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publishers but all thoughts are my own
Spoiler Free Review
This book , I don’t even really know how to describe it. I don’t think I’ve read a coming of age story that is done quite as well as this one was. There are so many beautiful and touching parts in this book and I loved reading the book.
The book starts out with Iffy running away from home to the park where she believes her mom is. Iffy is such a brave character and its shown different times throughout the book. She is also a teenager still in school so as we get the brave side of her we also get scared parts of her. I loved seeing Iffy grow as a character. In the beginning she is this scared girl who is out in the park alone but as the book continues she transforms into this brave girl who isn’t as scared anymore.
Corinne is such a great character. She meets Iffy after running away from a not so great situation and the two of them just hit it off. Corinne is full of spunk and she just added something great to the story. Her and Iffy look out for each other and throughout the book we see their friendship grow stronger with each thing they face and overcome.
In the beginning of the book we meet Angel who is a stray dog that Iffy comes across and takes care of. I loved Angel and seeing what she gave Iffy in companionship just warmed my heart. Toward the end we meet Anthony and out of all the characters I cared for him the least. I don’t really have any specific reason other than I just didn’t care for him.
This was a moving story and though it is fiction, it can very much happen to someone which is just sort of shocking to me at least. To know that this experience could happen to someone breaks my heart a little. The characters in this book just have my heart and I just wish I could shelter them from the world. Such a good book and I urge everyone to read it.
Below is an aesthetic I made for the book! I enjoyed browsing Pinterest for the images and putting it together.
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A hardcover copy of IPHIGENIA MURPHY!
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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.