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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The narrator is a middle-aged man trying to understand and forgive his father for ruining everyone in his family's lives by moving to Memphis and interfering in their relationships. Not much happens in the story, but it does make you feel like you are in the narrator's head. 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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