Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
By Ben Beagle, Special to The Daily News
Yannick Murphy and her novel “The Call,” the 2012 selection in the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project, is one of two finalists for a community reading program in Columbia, Mo.
Also under consideration is “The Ruins of Us” by Keija Parssinen, a Columbia resident.
UPDATE: This morning, the One Read community reading project announced “The Ruins of Us” by Keija Parssinen as its summer selection.
Local Tale readers will recall that Murphy’s novel — the 10th pick in the program that debuted in 2003 — is the most inventive of the 11 books that have been featured in the project, organized by libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The book, which takes place over the course of a year, is written in the form of a veterinarian’s log whose son is seriously injured in a hunting accident.
In its description of the book, the One Read panel, wrote “In this highly original book, Murphy paints a quirky, reflective and warm portrait of small-town life that is both funny and deeply moving.”
The Columbian’s report includes a link to an interview Murphy gave to The Daily News following the announcement of her book, and a Daily News video of Murphy reading from and discussing the work at Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia.
The Missouri project’s other finalist, “The Ruins of Us,” is a family drama about an expatriate American woman living with her family in Saudi Arabia who discovers that her husband has taken a Palestinian second wife. Parssinen, the author, was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to the United States in 1992.
The One Read project chose the finalists from a list of 140 suggestions submitted by the public. A panel of community members reviewed the suggestions, creating a list of 10 possible titles, then selected two or three books to present for a public vote that ended April 26.
One Read, which started one year before “A Tale for Three Counties,” is coordinated by Daniel Boone Regional Library and is sponsored by a task force of local media, colleges and community agencies.
The panel, according to its website, looks for books the community will enjoy reading and discussing, that have a broad-based appeal to readers of different backgrounds and reading levels, and that address themes, issues and topics that will encourage and sustain spirited discussion.
Last year, One Read selected “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht. Previous selections have also included “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, “Await Your Reply” by Dan Chaon, “The Whistling Season” by Ivan Doig, “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen, “The Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle, “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf.
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