A Summons to Memphis

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Ballantine, 1987 - Fiction - 233 pages
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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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User Review  - Laura1124 - LibraryThing

So much is conveyed in a very short novel. The narration is interesting with the story moving back and forth in time. Sometimes the reader participates in the narrator's growing self-awareness. In ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

3.5*** Philip Carver has escaped his controlling father and now lives in New York with his much younger Jewish girlfriend. But when he gets a surprise phone call from his older sister, followed only ... Read full review

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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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