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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475956606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475956603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,563,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Terrence Murphy spent his career as an internist in Boston. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Brookline, Massachusetts. This is his first novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Terrence Murphy, brought up in Nahant, Massachusetts, spent his career as an internist and infectious disease specialist in Boston. Since retiring in 2003, he has become a full-time writer. In 2012, his novel "Assumption City" was published. That story was inspired in part by his years as physician for a large Catholic seminary in Boston. He is married to Elizabeth Wood, another physician and lives in Brookline, MA. He is currently working on a second novel, which, although not a sequel, re-introduces the reader to many of the settings and characters found in "Assumption City." He is also working on a series of short stories. In addition to writing, he spends his time reading, gardening, traveling and biking around Boston, his favorite city in the whole world. He and his wife Betty are about to be grandparents for the first time, with both their daughter and their daughter-in-law expecting.

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The characters, and there are many,are well defined.
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Dr. Murphy provides a handy guide to his characters (you'll need it, there are many.)
M.R. Snyder
The plot pulls you in from the start and keeps you reading.
Emilie Hitron

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PH on January 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Terrence Murphy's first novel is a fabulous read! The well-developed, engaging characters drew me in right away, and the plot, with its wonderful twists, carried me along to the last page. The settings are vividly depicted, and the dialogue is convincing and really enjoyable. Someone should snap up the screen rights immediately!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PETER CONNOLLY on January 1, 2013
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Great characters, intersting take on religion, clear evocation of a time and place where people really believed in miracles, and where sometime faith overrode sense. An excellent mystery: we want more from this guy!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M.R. Snyder on January 13, 2013
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This is a wonderful book. It came to my attention because my wife and I had the miraculous good fortune to meet Terrence "Terry" Murphy and his wife Betty in 2010 during a cruise to China and Japan. One night, we were seated together at dinner and, in short order, became fast friends. We learned that Terry and Betty are both highly regarded physicians back home in Boston. The attraction among liberal Roman Catholic husband-wife doctors and husband-wife lawyers meeting thousands of miles away from home was inescapable. At some point, Terry mentioned that he was working on a novel about an apparition of the Virgin Mary and the consequences that unfold therefrom. Fast forward to late 2012, when Terry emailed us to announce that his first novel, Assumption City, had been published. I downloaded it to our Kindle (using the account shared by my spouse, hence the reviewer's name is said spouse) the same day and raced through it each night until I got to the "exciting conclusion." Dr. Murphy has followed the literary maxim, "Write what you know." He knows a lot about Boston, about Catholicism, about medicine and about Vietnam. All these topics are dissected with a physician's skill and interwoven in Assumption City. Dr. Murphy provides a handy guide to his characters (you'll need it, there are many.) There are maps and descriptions of the Boston area, long passages of the Roman forms of liturgy (including the funeral rite), inside-the-treatment-room descriptions of forbidden procedures like vasectomy, and references to the Hell that was Vietnam. Take all that and mix it up with a rousing narrative exploring complex family relationships, clerical corruption and coverups, the priest pedophilia scandal, murders, suicides, and eventually, your eyes popping and breathless, you reach "the exciting conclusion." I loved the book and highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates a well-written story with real substance; that is also very entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emilie Hitron on February 10, 2013
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This is a well written, tightly constructed novel with definite heros and villains. The plot pulls you in from the start and keeps you reading. It's got a little of everything--hospital intrigue, a religious miracle (??maybe), and people struggling to figure out how to live their lives. A terrific first novel and I look forward to more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cave Girl on March 1, 2013
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This novel pulls back the curtain and reveals what's going on behind the scenes in the lives of doctors, priests and their families. It's got a lot of characters, and it takes a while to get them and their back-stories straight (a guide at the beginning of the book helps), but once you get going this is a fast-paced story that's difficult to put down. Themes of hypocrisy, faith, and revenge are explored in the context of the Catholic Church and a Catholic hospital, and the author takes some surprising twists and turns with the plot. I would especially recommend this to anyone who is Catholic or has spent time in a Catholic institution. Some of the characters and situations will seem all too familiar!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John O. Pastore on February 23, 2013
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Terry Murphy has written a wonderful debut novel that could only have been crafted by a keen observer of the Boston medical scene and its interaction with the Catholic Church and its believers. He deftly weaves many fully developed characters, like the unforgettable Father Guido, into an intricate plot that is at once comic and yet serious in its implications. The dialogue is brisk and fully believable, and the wonderment of the worshipers is treated with bemused respect --- no small feat in itself. The main subject is as topical as today's headlines; yet this is first and foremost an enthralling and entertaining story, told masterfully. I literally could not put it down until the last page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael worthington on February 19, 2013
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This wonderful first novel asks important questions, including how anyone can deal with the unbearable pain of the suicide of their only child, caused in part/largely by the actions of evil individuals. Must the terrible pain and anger that follows inevitably lead to hatred and the need for revenge?
I was not really asking such grand questions as I read this novel: I just wanted to keep reading this powerful and entertaining (and yes, often funny) story with its wonderfully twisting plot to see if I could "figure out" what was coming next. I stopped reading only when life required it---or, on occassion, to re-read a beautifully developed description of a place or an event. The author shows affection and respect for (almost) all of his characters and their particular beliefs. Indeed essentially all of the Catholic clergy we really get to know in the book seem like caring and decent men who are trying to "minister" to their flock an a compassionate and real way. And yet the clergy sexual abuse scandal hovers ominously over the story.
This is a terrifc novel and (like other reviewers) I will be shocked if the screen rights are not quickly picked up.
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