A Summons to Memphis

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Ballantine, 1987 - Fiction - 233 pages
91 Reviews
Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
" American readers demand novels, and now Peter Taylor has given them one; to say that it is every bit as good as the best of his short stories is the highest compliment it can be paid."
When Phillip Carver receives, on a lonely Sunday evening, two successive telephone calls from his sisters, begging him to leave his home in Manhattan and return immediately to Memphis, he is slow to agree. His sisters, middle-aged and unmarried, want his help in averting the remarriage of their father, an elderly widower. And although Phillip wants no part in such manipulations, he finds himself unable to refuse to make the trip South...and into his own past.

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Beautiful writing and prose. - Goodreads
Whimper of an ending. - Goodreads
It's a slower pace but I found very readable. - Goodreads
At least not a plot that I found engaging. - Goodreads
Great writing by a master. - Goodreads
Savoured the prose through the last sentence. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jana Gutiérrez - Goodreads

Why did I bother? Why did this win a Pulitzer Prize? There were a few good lines, but the plot is silly (Memphis vs. Nashville) and the characters flat. I'm so sick of all great Southern writers ending their stories in New York City. Read full review

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User Review  - Virgowriter (Brad Windhauser) - Goodreads

The author moves back and forth in time well but nothing really of note really happens. The setup offers a lot of potentially interesting family drama but we only get the surface. True, the sisters are awful but I didn't find the narrator all that like able either. Whimper of an ending. Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Peter Taylor was the author of eight story collections and three novels, including A Summons to Memphis, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1994.

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