Disappearing Earth

Disappearing Earth

Large Print - 2019 | Large print edition
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One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

National Book Award Finalist
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize
Finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

A Best Book of 2019: Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post , NPR, Kirkus, AV Club, Vanity Fair, Variety, Esquire, Jezebel, Real Simple, The New York Post, Town & Country, Barnes & Noble, Library Journal, CBC, BookPage, BookBub, Book Riot, USA Today

National Best Seller

"Splendidly imagined . . . Thrilling" --Simon Winchester
"A genuine masterpiece" --Gary Shteyngart

Spellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls--sisters, eight and eleven--go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then 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.

Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty--densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and 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, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this 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.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2019]
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781984892225
Branch Call Number: FIC PHILL J
Characteristics: large print., rda


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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.

Jul 04, 2019

Meh. Essentially a collection of short stories with the common thread being the kidnapping of two girls. In the end, it's about the "small town" phenomenon where everyone ends up being connected to everyone else - which is maybe mildly thought-provoking. However the author did find the need to list all the characters at the beginning of the book so you could keep straight who's who - so what does that tell you? It's not badly written per se, but there is no real plot or narrative that makes it a page-turner.

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