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My Name Is Yip by Paddy Crewe

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Yip Tolroy has never spoken a word since he was born in 1815 in Heron’s Creek, Georgia. He is raised by his mother who runs a general store. When he is fifteen, gold is discovered there in the Georgia mountains, and Yip and his friend Dud Carter are forced to leave their home and flee to the West after a crime is committed. Then, they are forced to return. “Yip Tolroy may not speak, but his voice soars off the page in Paddy Crewe’s terrific debut novel. My Name Is Yip is both an entertaining tale of gold, murder, and the impulse for revenge and a tender coming-of-age story amid the lawlessness of the American frontier.” ―Paul Howarth. “My Name is Yip is so utterly itself and vivid. I haven’t read anything quite like it. A mesmeric and rollicking adventure told by a narrator like no other—one who beguiles, moves, delights, and also had me so worried for him, I was on the edge of my seat. Bold, thrilling, beautifully conceived, and deeply atmospheric. I can’t recommend it enough. Superb to the last full stop.”―Rachel Joyce.The author, Paddy Crewe, is an Englishman who became a professional rugby player. This is his first novel.

New York: The Overlook Press/Abrams. 2022. 364 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.