Disappearing Earth (Paperback)
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This novel about two sisters who are abducted in Russia's isolated Kamchatka Peninsula is both a literary thriller and a kaleidoscopic character study. Author Julia Phillips delves into the messy lives of everyone connected to the missing girls: relatives, friends, search and rescue volunteers, police detectives. Through each character's story, we gain a deeper understanding of dysfunctions both interpersonal and societal––and we get closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girls. An exquisite debut novel.— Michael
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST Finalist for The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award One August afternoon, two sisters--Sophia, eight, and Alyona, eleven--go missing from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia. Taking us through the year that follows, Disappearing Earth enters the lives of women and girls in this tightly knit community who are connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty--open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, dense forests, the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska--and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused. In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, Julia Phillips's powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.
About the Author
Julia Phillips is a Fulbright Fellow whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Moscow Times, and The Paris Review. She lives in Brooklyn.