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
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. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525520412
0525520414
Characteristics: 255 pages : map ; 24 cm

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SarahMClark
Jul 03, 2020

I returned Disappearing Earth to the he Woods Library outside drop box on June 29. Why did I get an overdue notice?

JCLMELODYK Apr 06, 2020

I never forget a novel that introduces me to a place. Kamchatka, a remote Siberian peninsula is the setting for this mystery about two sisters who are abducted. I could not put this book down and the end did not disappoint! I also appreciated the cast of characters page that helped me keep track of everyone.

JCLFlanneryC Apr 03, 2020

Ostensibly a mystery following the disappearance of two young girls from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, Disappearing Earth spins out in many different directions, following the loves, lives, and frequent disappointments of a circle of loosely connected women. Some chapters are better than others; one can't doubt the enormous amount of research that went into this book, but the lack of lived experience makes some chapters feel especially invented. I'm bummed that this book did not focus more on the mystery at the heart of this book, which is SO thrilling, but gets so little space. Obviously the author wanted to write more than a mystery novel, but her talent for drawing the reader in seems spread thin over so many chapters. Many, many readers loved this book more than I, so if your interest is piqued, don't be deterred! Rich, textured writing about the landscape and people of this remote lands will reward even the surliest critic.

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Candaceb108
Feb 27, 2020

Disappearing Earth is a fabulous read. the story centers around an area of Russia we rarely hear, see or read about called Kamchatka. It is the Russian peninsula closest to Alaska, filled with wildlife and native populations. The story is beautifully written and very subtle and yet the reader's desire for understanding builds impatiently.. and you don't really know what you are wanting to conclude..there are mysteries but they are described as so tangential to the action in each chapter you feel they are there only so that the author can deepen our sympathies with the characters.

Read it, a lovely book, extraordinarily well written that educates about an unknown geography, unknown first peoples, misogyny, discrimination, racism...all poetically.

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nngrey
Dec 29, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/books/review/best-books.html

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margohalverson
Dec 18, 2019

I hope PPL gets the audio version!

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legalsec2504
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.

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mtipping
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.

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