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 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525520412
Branch Call Number: PHILLIP
Characteristics: 255 pages : map ; 24 cm


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May 22, 2019

Two young girls go missing on the desolate, sparsely populated Kamchatka peninsula. With few witnesses (and the only real witness discounted by police) and an apparently under staffed and uninterested police force we are left to wonder what will happen. Throughout the book we meet all kinds of (mostly) unhappy people (especially women) who are somewhat interconnected. Then, on a chance meeting between the girls' mother and a photographer a major clue is found. Does not sound like much but this book had extremely well drawn characters and descriptions of the land and tensions between whites and natives. As the story came to a climax I was literally breathless and on the edge of my chair. All in all an amazing book. My best of the year so far.

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