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Disappearing Earth

Phillips, Julia. Book - 2019 Fiction / Phillips, Julia, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Phillips, Julia None on shelf 93 requests on 12 copies Community Rating: 3 out of 5

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"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." -- Provided by publisher.

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Normalna submitted by MH17 on August 30, 2019, 4:17pm A much-hyped book that does not live up to its hype, this novel is strongest on the conceptual level--twelve tangentially-linked stories of women either lost or losing their way in a remote part of Russia, the Kamchatkan peninsula, meant to trace the disappearance of two girls from the capital city. After a compelling first story/chapter, the book loses momentum, devolving into set pieces that on the whole lack narrative tension and only manage to clumsily piece together the mystery of the missing girls, a mystery that is hinted at much too early and leads to a rather disappointing, clunky concluding movement more fitting for NCIS: Kamchatka than a novel. A lot of buzz for the exotic locale and for a new writer, but the novel doesn't deliver. Ordinary on the sentence level, plodding on the narrative level, effective on the idea level but ultimately a let-down: go in with low expectations is my advice. Try anything by Lara Vapnyar or Sergei Dovlatov instead.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
Year Published: 2019
Description: 255 pages : map ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780525520412
0525520414

SUBJECTS
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia) -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.