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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475956606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475956603
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 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: #3,930,422 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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The characters, and there are many,are well defined.
WineHarbor
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 pear2z on January 20, 2013
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I was blessed to have had Dr. Murphy as my internist for 27 years. I vividly recall and will forever appreciate his outstanding care which often included a colorful story or two during my many office visits. When I learned he had written a novel, I was excited to be among the first to read it. Dr. Murphy's storytelling is as terrific as ever and shines brightly in Assumption City, an engrossing read that takes place in and around Boston during the time of the clergy sex abuse scandal. There is a lengthy cast of characters, but an explanatory chart of who's who is provided at the outset. The further I read, the less I needed the chart as the characters' personalities and motivations became more clearly defined and easier to remember. The book is very cleverly crafted beginning with the suicide of a 17 year old boy in 1994 then fast forwarding to one momentous week in August 2002. At the beginning of that week, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appears in a medical office window at St. Katherine's Hospital, setting in motion several intriguing, intersecting storylines. The week is divided into a series of short chapters that keep the reader turning the pages at a fast clip. There are twists and turns (so do pay attention!) involving faith and spirituality, conspiracy, greed, crises of conscience, and a lust for power, all elements that make this book so compelling and hard to put down. I agree with the reviewer who said someone should snap up the movie rights. Bravo Dr. Murphy on your wonderful debut novel. I'm very much looking forward to the next one!
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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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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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