A finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Fiction, “Disappearing Earth” 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 young sisters go missing. 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 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.
Author Event - Julia Phillips, “Disappearing Earth”