Disappearing Earth

Disappearing Earth

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"One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two sisters, eight and eleven, go missing. In the ensuing months the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. Connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. Social and ethnic tensions have long simmered in the region, and outsiders are often the first to be accused..."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525520412
Branch Call Number: F PHI
Characteristics: 255 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Feb 01, 2020

Now Read This, April

Dec 29, 2019


Dec 18, 2019

I hope PPL gets the audio version!

Nov 24, 2019

On the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2019.

debwalker Nov 24, 2019

When two girls go missing....and the impact on women's lives.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 20, 2019

This book of loosely interwoven POV narratives does come together tautly at the end if you patience. I've never read or thought much about the Kamchatka Penninsula of Russia and this book has an amazing sense of place about it. Fascinating.

Jul 31, 2019

Very good, two Russian girls are kidnapped, each chapter is one month in the following year about members of the community. Get a real feel for the peninsula's life.

Jul 22, 2019

Points for beautiful writing. Being able to keep track of who is who by reference list eliminated that arduous task. Missing girls over long period of time and the effects it played in the community was moving and complete. All together the writing surpassed the lack of oomph in some of the players. It was engaging, for the most part, and held together by the uniqueness and beauty of the geographical location and its description.

Jul 22, 2019

The mysterious disappearance of two young girls from the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia is the fuel for this incredibly engaging novel about loss, hope, and the redeeming power of love. When the girls (who are sisters) vanish from their town, little to no clues are left behind them. The possible solution to the crime lies in a handful of people, each carrying their own tale of loss and hope. The novel, told as a sequence of stories whose characters are distantly or closely linked to one another, and to the girls, spins a cobweb of clues to the sisters’ disappearance that tightens with every page. Toward the last third of the novel I couldn’t put the books down, and the ending (I won’t spoil it) is everything I’d hoped for and more—a realistic and beautiful portrait about the frailty of human life and our capacity for endurance. (

takeclare Jul 16, 2019

Something I like to do of a rainy morn is go on Google Maps and teleport myself to places far-flung and unknown. One place I have cyber-tripped to is the Kamchatka Peninsula - an arm of land that stretches from Russia's eastern reaches at the shores of the Sea of Okhostk, and it is here that 'Disappearing Earth' by Julia Phillips is set. The novel illuminates this remote and - in parts - inhospitable landscape more deeply in the imagination than street-view could hope to, alongside the lives of those who inhabit it. One day on the shore, two girls go missing, and in the wake of this event which is widely reported and discussed, the stories of many - loosely connected - women who live on the peninsula are explored - stories of love, frustration, loss of agency, hope. Overarching each of these vignettes is the dread and sense of unknowing about the girls' fate. I particularly loved Phillips's evocations of the sub-arctic landscape, a reminder of the transportative power of books.

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