Iphigenia Murphy


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$18.99  $17.66
Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
5.6 X 8.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Sara Hosey is the author of three young adult novels: Iphigenia Murphy, Imagining Elsewhere, and Summer People. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize and the American Short Fiction Halifax Ranch Prize and has appeared in journals like Cordella Literary Magazine and Mudroom Magazine. She is a parent, a community college professor, and a tree enthusiast. Read more about Sara at sarahosey.com.


"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"

"Iphigenia Murphy by Sara Hosey is bound to be one of 2020's best contemporary YA books...We can tell this story is going to be chock full of heart."

-- "Hypable"

"Iphigenia Murphy is brilliant; a ferocious, harrowing, amazing portrait of a young girl's resilience; her quest to find her mother, and to right the wrongs of a troubled family history. I tore through this novel with my heart racing, and couldn't put it down. Sara Hosey has given us a true story of solidarity and girl power, full of pain and love and rage hope. I haven't cried at the ending of a novel since A Little Life, but found myself sobbing on the last page of this beautiful book. Iphigenia Murphy is sure to be an instant classic, let's hope Hosey has more in store for us."

-- "Norah Olsen, award-winning author of Twisted Fate and Before Now"

"What a privilege to follow Iffy on her journey. My heart is full."

-- "M-E Girard, author of Girl Mans Up"

"An exploration of how, and why, girls can vanish in plain sight...High stakes and [a] heart-wrenching conclusion."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Readers will be swept away by this angsty survival tale of a teen willing to take her future into her own hands...Hosey touches on issues such as unexpected friendship, trust, abortion, rape, courage, hope, incarcerated parents, drugs, physical abuse, and violence, though the book never becomes overly graphic. Each of these issues is intricately woven throughout the novel and leads Iphigenia to answer questions of identity and self. Recommend to fans of Patricia McCormick's Sold or Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak."

-- "School Library Journal"