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The Running Waves Paperback – May 31, 2010

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A riveting story about a gut-wrenching summer in which two brothers learn that in spite of their differences and the changes going on around them -- including the cancellation of the World Series -- they're always going to be there for one another. T.M. Murphy and Seton Murphy 'hit the Crescent Road sign on the fly' with The Running Waves! --Brett Friedlander, co-author of Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams' Doc Graham

It s easy to get lost in Silver Shores, the small Cape Cod town created by T.M. and Seton Murphy. But this isn t your grandparents Cape Cod. In a world rarely seen by those on the outside, The Running Waves reveals the dark side of life on the Cape as the Brennan brothers struggle to become men. As their lives spiral out of control it becomes more difficult to obey the family motto Love one another and stick together. --Raffi Yessayan, best-selling author of Eight in the Box and Two in the Hat

As stark and haunting as its subject matter is the novel explores themes from addiction to grief, fear of failure to fear of success T.M. Murphy and Seton Murphy have struck that often elusive balance: their story tackles the darker side of human life in a book that is terrifically fun to read. The lack of pretense in the prose and the laugh-out-loud humor make The Running Waves practically impossible to put down. Sympathetic in all their imperfections, the characters of Silver Shores will linger in readers minds long after the satisfying clap of the closing novel, and with its visual imagery, page-turning pace and punchy dialogue, film buffs will love the cinematic quality of the book. --Julia Cox, Freelance writer for The Cape Cod Times and NewEnglandFilm.com

About the Author

T.M. Murphy, featured in the book 101 HIGHLY SUCCESFUL NOVELISTS, is the author of several books for kids. Murphy teaches creative writing at Boston College and tours schools to motivate young people to write. He also teaches writing during the summer at the Writers' Shack in his hometown of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Seton Murphy lives and works outside of Boston, but grew up in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in a family of writers. He is a graduate of Bridgewater State College. This is his first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: PublishingWorks (May 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935557556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935557555
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished the Running Waves and think school systems nation wide should make this required reading both at the upper junior and high school levels. In addition to the foreshadowing and symbolism, this is a book that will actually get students talking about their current lives and past similar experiences. The book succeeds because it isn't preachy and the characters are just flawed enough to denote realism. The dialogue will hook students immediately, and for parents this story is a wake up a call about how many teens then and now deal with friendship, love, and heartache. My own son during and after high school couldn't leave Cape Cod fast enough, and this book shines a light on many possible reasons why that might have been the case. (Following success off Cape, he now returns for visits with a much lighter heart, and I am sure this book will speak as much to him as it has to me).

As a baby boomer, I could relate to those summer time college weekends and how desperately we all wanted to be seen and accepted. For me, Pucky's was the Casino in Falmouth Heights or the Brothers Four. I can still hear that music! The authors took me back in time long enough to realize that while some things change, others remain exactly the same.

My favorite references in the book alluded to the thrills of baseball and how the sport has "evolved" over time. I loved every character in this book, and the one-liners are hilarious. Saw every movie mentioned!! But the truly moving part of the story and at its very core, is the challenging relationship between the two teen brothers, Dermott and Colin. If you have ever experienced loss,this book will strike a very personal chord. Put down the cell phones long enough to read the number one summer book of the year. Then pick them up again and text everyone you know to buy this book! Carolyn Price Johnson
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We chose this book based on a recommendation for our book club read for November. I read 1/3 of the book and put it down-I did not finish it! The book was centered on young men "coming of age" on Cape Cod, I too grew up on Cape Cod so I thought I would enjoy it. I did not like the book at all-perhaps I am a 50's age woman and I do not identify with young men but I could not read another page telling of their daily drunkin girl chasing stories. There were the usual dynamics of the good son and the "looser" son trying to find himself amongst beer-jack Daniel's etc…I rarely refuse to finish a book but but with this one I did not want to waste my precious time.
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I couldn't put my kindle down for 2 days! Growing up on Cape Cod, The Running Waves brought a different perspective of what summer was like for some kids on the Cape. It was interesting to me to see how others viewed the cape! This book was great and I could literally hear Colin, Dermot and thier buddies talking in their thick massachusetts accents!I loved the descriptions of Cape Cod and feel my self on the ferry and smell the salt water! I look foreward to seeing what else the Murphy brothers come out with!
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The Murphy brothers will take you into their world. Their pain. Their happiness. It is therapeutic to listen to their minds.
The Running Waves reminded me of friends I grew up with on the beaches of San Diego. You do not have to be from the Cape, or from Mass, or even the East Coast to appreciate this book.
If you had a pulse in the 90's, read this book.
If you love John Hughes movies as much as I do, read this book.
If you ever had someone treat your heart like it was an appetizer, read this book.

Let the Murphy brothers bring the Running Waves to life - you will not be 'reading' this book - you will be Seeing, Feeling, and Tasting the Cape within a few turns of the page.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. The writing style reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Pat Conroy. I have already recommended this book to several friends, and I look forward to more from these authors.
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By Dawn on December 27, 2011
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I never lived on Cape but I was always there with my bestie. Reading this book made me feel like I went back in time. I bought this for my kindle even though I am fortunate enough to know the right people to have an autographed copy for my oldest son who I feel is now old enough to read. Maybe he will always remember the Cape since we now live in Texas...and when my younger boys are old enough...they will read it too. Thank you for a good cry and a great read!!
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Great story mirroring what real life was like in the 90's on Cape Cod. When people hear that I grew up on Cape Cod they automatically think that life was this fairy tale for me growing up. The setting couldn't be more beautiful, but such a beautiful place has problems and tragedies just like any other town in the United States. This story shows how such tragedies affect the human soul and shape us to be who we are today. Sometimes it takes a traumatic experience to wake us up and set us on the trajectory we were meant to be on in our lives. We survive, we mourn, we come to appreciate life, and then we thrive doing what we probably would have never done had we not had such a rough experience. When I finished this book, I was disappointed, because I didn't want the story to end. This book was written from the heart and reminded me of how fortunate I am to be alive and to have been raised in such a beautiful place like Cape Cod.
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