Iphigenia Murphy

by Sara Hosey
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: March 10th 2020

Genre: Young Adult


Running away from home hasn’t solved Iphigenia Murphy’s problems. In fact, it’s only a matter of time before they’ll catch up with her. Iffy is desperate to find her long-lost mother, and, so far, in spite of the need to forage for food and shelter and fend off an unending number of creeps, living in Queens’ Forest Park has felt safer than living at home. But as the summer days get shorter, it all threatens to fall apart.

A novel that explores the sustaining love of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the indelible bond of family, Iphigenia Murphy captures the gritty side of 1992 Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City. Just like Iffy, the friends she makes in the park–Angel, a stray dog with the most ridiculous tail; Corinne, a young trans woman who is escaping her own abusive situation; and Anthony, a former foster kid from upstate whose parents are addicts–each seek a place where they feel at home. Whether fate or coincidence has brought them together, within this community of misfits Iffy can finally be herself, but she still has to face the effects of abandonment and abuse–and the possibility that she may be pregnant. During what turns out to be a remarkable journey to find her mother, will Iffy ultimately discover herself?

Sara Hosey – Author


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Iphigenia Murphy is one of those books that sticks with you throughout your whole life. This YA novel is full of heartache, sadness, and above all else, hope.

The story was incredibly hard to read. I was in tears throughout as I felt Iffy’s pain. When Corrine came along, then Ann and Anthony, I couldn’t help but sigh with relief. I held out hope that life would turn out okay for Iffy.

My only complaint is that I wanted to know what happened to Iffy, further than the Epilogue took me. I need to know in my soul that she really is okay. Iffy lives inside me now and I will never be able to let her go.

Thank you, Sara, for giving me this delightful girl who makes me believe that the world can turn out okay in the end.


Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things (2016)
Iphigenia Murphy – Millie Bobby Brown
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Corrine – Jamie Clayton
Kamil McFadden Picture
Anthony – Kamil McFadden
Jamie Lee Curtis Picture
Ann – Jamie Lee Curtis


Sara Hosey holds a PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is an associate professor of English and women and gender studies at Nassau Community College. Her book, Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers (McFarland, 2019), looks at representations of the domestic in popular culture. Sara grew up in Queens and now lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with her partner and their children. She is working on a second novel.


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