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Disappearing Earth
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
For fans of Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Ta Obreht's The Tiger's Wife: the kidnapping of two small girls on a remote peninsula in Russia sets in motion an evocative, moving, searingly original debut novel by a dazzling young writer. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern tip of Russia, two girls--sisters, ages eight and eleven--go missing. The police investigation that follows turns up nothing. In the girls' tightly-woven community, everyone must grapple with the loss. But the fear and danger of their disappearance is felt most profoundly among the women of this isolated place. Taking us one chapter per month across a year on Kamchatka, this powerful novel connects the lives of characters changed by the sisters' abduction: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. Theirs is an ethnically diverse population in which racial tensions simmer, and so-called "natives" are often suspected of the worst. As the story radiates from the peninsula's capital city to its rural north, we are brought to places of astonishing beauty: densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and glassy seas. Disappearing Earth is a multifaceted story of the intimate lives of women--their vulnerabilities and perils, their desires and dreams. It speaks to the complex yet enduring bonds of community as it offers startlingly vivid portraits of people reaching out to one another and, sometimes, reaching back to save each other. Gripping and tender, evoking with seamless authenticity an extraordinary place on the other side of the world, this thrilling novel with a haunting suspense at its center announces a profoundly gifted writer.
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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

I was really excited to read this book because it got so many good reviews. It started out with a strong ore use and I thought it was going to be really interesting and then it just fizzled out for me. Too many characters and a bit slow. It also just took to long for everything to come together with the varying plot lines for me. #booked2019 #newin2019

Cathythoughts Too many characters is a “ no go area” for me ... 😳 21h
Victoriahoperose @Cathythoughts it‘s also a bit difficult (in my opinion) because it‘s set in Russia and the character names can be similar at times and hard to keep track of. 21h
Cinfhen I‘m very curious about this book as I took it out from the library back in June but had to return it before I had a chance to read it. I think I need to be in a good headspace for this one. 21h
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m reading it now, since it‘s my real life book group‘s choice. Not far enough in to judge, though. 17h
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Shifting my other audio choice to ebook so I can listen to this one from Scribd. It‘s my IRL book group‘s pick for this month! (Not very Christmas-y!)

Pricel101 Completely awed by the writing. Looking forward to your review! 2d
Theaelizabet This one has been on my list for so long! Maybe I‘ll get to it soon. 2d
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Lcsmcat
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A good reader friend just loaned this to me. I can‘t wait to get home and start it!

Cinfhen @BarbaraBB recently read and really liked this one 2d
BarbaraBB Oh Yes It is really good I thought! 2d
Lcsmcat @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Great! The friend who loaned it has good taste so I‘m excited to read it. 2d
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Soubhiville
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I just finished this highly recommended book. I struggled with it a little because there is so much unhappiness in here! The style was a little tough too, as each of the chapters has a different MC, and it‘s hard to see how they relate to the original story.

The last two chapters saved it for me though.

Phillips is really good at writing about desolation, despair, and grief I think. This book is going to stick with me.

Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books @Mitch I‘d be interested to hear how you interpreted the ending if you don‘t mind saying under a spoiler tag. It could go either way I think, but I choose to think the girls all got rescued. What do you think? 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Hooked_on_books I‘m trying to remember. I think that was my interpretation as well. And I also struggled a bit initially with the structure but when it came together I could see what she‘d been doing and thought it was brilliant. I‘m glad you liked it. 1w
BarbaraBB I felt that way too, in fact I didn‘t even doubt it. Now I start to 😉. But the fact that he kept Lilia alive all those years gave me hope he wouldn‘t kill them all suddenly l. 1w
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Nebklvr
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Panpan

Lots of characters and situations that never fully come together.

Soubhiville I‘m almost finished with this, and it‘s so full of sad characters. I was hoping for a bit more of something... I don‘t know exactly what though. I should finish it tonight, I was hoping there might be some clarity at the end... 1w
Nebklvr @Soubhiville Please let me know what you think of the ending!!! I had heard rave reviews and I am so frustrated. If you can figure out what happened, i would love to hear your ideas. 1w
Soubhiville It‘s left a bit open ended isn‘t it? I believe all three of the girls were locked in the shuttered upstairs of that house, and what they were hearing was the police coming to rescue them. You could choose to believe it‘s an unhappier ending, it‘s not clear, but I tend to be an optimist. 1w
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Soubhiville The last two chapters made me feel better about the book, but over all it was a little hard to read, as it seemed everyone in it is extremely unhappy. The scene with the lost dog was particularly hard 😢 1w
Nebklvr @Soubhiville did the mom jump into or over? It drives me crazy not to know full ending. Nothing about the kidnapper. Why include lost dog? Why include most of what we were told? Did we need to know about K and her two boyfriends? About the policeman and his wife? About Natashas neighbor? Dont get the point of all the extraneous info. Was written in similar fashion to “There there” but the writing wasn‘t as good and Orange tied ALL the characters 1w
Soubhiville It was similar. I saw the author at TX Book Fest in Oct, and it sounded like she wanted to show how violence ripples out to effect those outside the family and beyond the close community. I think the mom jumped over the fire, but that‘s another assumption the author leaves to us. It was an unusual book for sure. 1w
Nebklvr @Soubhiville I realize that is what she was trying to do but I don‘t think we needed to spend that much time with the characters to figure it out. For all the time we spent, I still didn‘t care about them. Oh well....better luck next time, right? Lots of people rated it 5 stars so it was the perfect book for someone. It just wasn‘t my turn 1w
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 48/19

I read three books this week. It started out good with the fantastic Disappearing Earth. I had high hopes for Missoula too because I love Krakauer‘s style but this one was too much of a report for me. Then a book set in space which didn‘t disappoint but didn‘t blow me away either. And on we go!

Theaelizabet I‘m on the list at my library for Disappearing Earth. I may break down and buy it! 1w
Cinfhen Lots of mixed reviews on Disappearing Earth. I picked it up from library over the summer but I had to return it before I could really get into it. I‘m waiting for a #DailyDeal before I try it again. 1w
BarbaraBB @Theaelizabet I think it‘ll be worth it... 😀 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope you will. I really think you‘ll enjoy it too. 1w
Suet624 I‘m so glad you liked it. 1w
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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this. Beautifully crafted, the writing feels natural and captures small but pivotal moments. A sense of mystery about the girls‘ disappearance pervades the novel & the landscape is dramatic, but the stories of each character have a gentle feel. It‘s like the characters let you into their lives for a day - a relief from more high-octane or showy books. It feels true and gives an insight into life in Kamchatka. Recommended.

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BarbaraBB
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Two young sisters are lured into a strange man's car in Kamchatka, a desolate peninsula in eastern Russia, that was shut off of the rest of the world until the Soviet Union fell apart.

Mostly, the book is not really about what happened to the girls, but how their disappearance affects the women and communities in the region. Their stories are vivid and real, recognizable and unforgettable. One of the best books I‘ve read this year.

ephemeralwaltz Stacked! 2w
BarbaraBB @ephemeralwaltz I am happy you did. The book deserves to be read by many more! 💜 2w
MicheleinPhilly I may have to add to my stack for the week! 2w
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SamAnne Loved loved loved! 2w
merelybookish This one was just an okay for me. The writing was evocative but the structure kept me detached. (Also, as weird as this sounds...I read it shortly after the daughter of my sister's best friend was kidnapped in Africa. She was eventually rescued but I probably should avoid it as a topic for a while!) 2w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I would have thought you‘d love this one too! Sorry to hear you didn‘t. Is it good enough for the #ToB shortlist you think? What an awful story about your sister‘s friend. A mothers worst nightmare 😳. 2w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly I think you should! 2w
BarbaraBB @SamAnne Me too, really! 💜💜 2w
thebluestocking I‘m so glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I‘m just waiting for my library hold to come in! 💙 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I know! It does seem like my kind of book. Although I'm hit or miss with highly structured novels like this one. 🤷 I do think it could be a contender for the short list. One of their sleeper picks. (And yes absolute nightmare! It ended well and in a relatively short amount of time. But still...terrifying!) 2w
Kalalalatja Well, with praise like that, I have to stack! 2w
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 48/19

It‘s all about finishing the 2019 challenges these last weeks of the year 😀

Just started Disappearing Earth, for the #ATY2019 prompt ‘A National Book Award finalist‘.
I wanted to read Missoula last week for #ReadingUSA2019 and #Booked2019, but haven‘t gotten to it yet. So that‘s another one for this week.

Cinfhen What prompt is Missoula for??? 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Political intrigue I hope, but am not sure yet. Fortunately I have some back-ups on my shelves 😉 2w
Suet624 I‘m disappointed disappearing earth didn‘t win the NBA. I really disliked Trust Exercise. 1w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I haven‘t read Trust Exercise. I now feel like I need to (because of the NBA) but I‘ve read so many mixed reviews that I keep postponing! 1w
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nomadreader
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The meal and wine are no match for the setting of this book, but I don't care because I love all three #booksandbooze

BarbaraBB I just started this one too! 2w
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mklong
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Pickpick

As I often say, a good story, well told. I‘m not exactly blown away, but it‘s a well written, well paced story.

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JenniferP
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this story set in Kamchatka about the disappearance of two young girls and how it effects many people in this small, isolated region. Prepare for the feel of linked short stories that eventually connect instead of a thriller/suspense novel.

BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one! (edited) 1mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Julia Phillips's Disappearing Earth, a finalist for this year's National Book Award, is a novel with an absence at its center. In the first chapter, two sisters in the Kamchatka region of Russia are kidnapped. (I will say: I went into this book fairly fresh, and so I did not realize what it was about. These sisters are each a year younger than my boys, so there were many moments that hit *really* close to home.) (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The rest of the book circles the girls' disappearance, advancing month by month through the points of view of a series of interconnected characters. For some, the mystery of what happened to the girls is front and center; for others, it's pushed to the side. But all of the characters' lives reveal something missing (whether it's something concrete like these sisters' presence in a life or something much more abstract, ⬇️ 1mo
UnabridgedPod like the freedom of a life before motherhood). ⠀


There is much to appreciate about Phillips's novel, including the intricate weaving of these disparate plots. Her writing is beautifully spare, and the power of the narrative accumulates, building with each new layer. A striking thread that appears throughout the book focuses on the Evens in Russia, a native minority (about which I knew nothing). ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod In many stories, discrimination against this group highlights the power dynamics of the Kamchatka region, which impacts the investigation of and search for the girls. Thought-provoking and moving read that made me consider the wisdom of hope.⠀

Who else has read Disappearing Earth? What did you think?
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BarbaraBB Very good review. I just finished the book and am deeply impressed. 2w
UnabridgedPod @BarbaraBB Thanks! And I totally agree—the author is so talented. 2w
Suet624 Loved it. 1w
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Get to know the author behind the well-received, thought-provoking debut novel, 'Disappearing Earth', now a finalist for the National Book Award too! Congrats, Julia! ❤️

I was beyond delighted when she agreed to do an interview with me for my blog! She's talented, she's amazing, she's brilliant! Thank you so much, Julia for this chance!

#AuthorInterview

Full interview on hookedonbookz.com

Hooked_on_books I loved this book and heard her recently on a podcast and she seems lovely. I hope she wins! 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Hooked_on_books same here! I loved the book! I hope she wins too! ❤️ 1mo
lele1432 Wow so cool! 1mo
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Soubhiville
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Julia Phillips and Rachel Monroe talking about violence and women. They spoke a lot about how social hierarchies influence how prone you are to experiencing violence. I like when panels have both fiction and nonfiction authors.
#TXBookFest2019

Suet624 Definitely 1mo
Hooked_on_books I would have loved this panel. I thought both of these books were terrific. 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Yay you got to meet Julia! ❤️ 1mo
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nomadreader
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Treating myself to my next pick for #homegirlsread, some sparkling rose, and delicious cheese #booksandbooze #NationalBookAward #FirstNovelPrize

GloVerdino I would love to know where you are, because this looks amazing to me! 2mo
nomadreader @gioverdino The Cheese Bar in Des Moines, Iowa! 2mo
Avidreader25 Looks amazing! 1mo
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irre
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Pickpick

Great story!!

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Soubhiville
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These are some of the authors I‘m hoping to hear speak at Texas Book Festival this weekend. There are so many others I‘d love to see too- 300 authors at one fest, how do you choose?

I‘m most looking forward to Alexander McCall Smith, bottom right corner. I‘ve been loving his No. 1 Ladies Detective Series for 20+ years.

#TXBookFest2019 #TexasBookFestival2019

GypsyKat Sounds amazing! I hope you have a wonderful time! 2mo
Tamra So lucky! I heard an interview with McCall Smith and he was incredibly delightful. Everything that you would expect and even funnier. 2mo
Librariana Hope you have a phenomenally good time! I got to meet Rainbow Rowell when we were living/working in the St. Louis area and believe you me when I say the lack of coherent thought was REAL! I was *such* a huge dork about the whole interaction. All I could stupidly and superficially tell her was that she looked... pretty! 😣😔😔 Ack! What even am I!? I promise I value my fellow sisters for more than just looks! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Oh man, what a line-up! And I loved the tagged book. I hope you get to see/talk to Julia Phillips. 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#200KGiveaway

What a generous celebration of you milestone Jess! Thank you so much! This is my book choice. 😄

You certainly have contributed so positively to my reading life, and I am sure for many Littens! ❤️📚🎉🎊

Librarybelle Thank you! 😊❤️ Great choice! 2mo
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Suet624
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The Litsy synopsis states Anthony Marra fans would like this book and I 💕 Marra. This novel is written in the same style as The Tsar of Love and Techno and has background stories similar to others written by Marra. Phillips weaves and blends stories to bring together a rich chorus of characters. The main theme, the disappearance of two young children and how it affects all involved throughout the course of a year, was a very satisfying read.

Tanisha_A Sounds very good! Great review! 👍 2mo
Suet624 @Tanisha_A thanks so much. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I just finished the book and loved it too. I am intrigued now by the comparison to Marra, whom I don‘t know. Should I read him? And if so, which of his books? (edited) 2w
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB my favorite is Constellation of Vital Phenomena but if you like the way Disappearing Earth is written it might be better to go with Tsar of Love and Techno. Some heavy stuff in both books but his writing is off the charts. 2w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB somehow Constellation mixes a gallows humor in with tragedy in an amazing way. I‘ve never read a book quite like it. 2w
BarbaraBB Thank you so much! I will probably start with Constellation then! 😘 2w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB oh good. I look forward to hearing what you think. Many of your Litsy friends have liked it a lot too. (edited) 2w
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Suet624
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The National Book Award list has arrived. Please, please let Disappearing Earth win. Okay, fine, the only other book I read on the list was Trust Exercise. I have the others in my pile waiting to be read. But still.... please let Disappearing Earth win. https://lithub.com/the-2019-national-book-award-finalists-are/

#Vermont Keith Edmunds Photography

BarbaraBB That one is on my wishlist. i really want to read it too! 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Just to be clear, I've read Disappearing Earth and loved it. :) 2mo
Mdargusch That is how I vote when GR has there going - the books I‘ve read must win! 2mo
Suet624 @Mdargusch Haha! Absolutely. 2mo
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AmyG
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@Mitch Thank you, my friend. What a wonderful surprise! I am so touched by your kindness....and thinking of me on my “almost” birthday. This whole month is turning out to be a celebration. Ha! This book looks very good....and I can‘t wait to read it. You‘re the best! 😘😘😘

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Twocougs
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Pickpick

Beautiful, heart wrenching, prepared myself and yet...I hope we have many more exquisite novels from Julia Phillips.

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Averill P.
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Disappearing Earth was a great novel, filled with lots of suspense and mystery, that held you right until the end. The novel is written from the points of view of many different community members, showing how the disappearance of the two girls affects the whole community, all in different ways.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Pickpick

A very immersive debut that's shocking and powerful. Full review on hookedonbookz.com I'm gonna be re-reading this in winter!

A great #SnowedIn read for sure. That said, it might not be everyone's cup of tea especially if you're looking for a typical psychological thriller.

#BBRC @LibrarianRyan #YeahBaby

Hooked_on_books I thought this one was terrific. I was delighted to see it on the National Book Awards longlist. 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Hooked_on_books so glad you enjoyed it too! Looking forward to re-reading it! 2mo
LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
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jenniferw88
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#covercrush round 2. 7 books, 7 days, no explanation.

Tagging @Emiller

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BittersweetBooks
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Everyone looked better from a distance 👣❄️🏔

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Booklover2
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Pickpick

This will go down as one of my favorite reads this year. Set in Russia, 2 small sisters are abducted. The story Weaves itself into a series of chapters focusing on women lives within the range of the kidnapping which ties these stories. The beautiful writing made this so compelling and a our joy to read. Simply divine

BarbaraBB I‘ve heard so many good things about this one! 3mo
Booklover2 It‘s truly amazing I just can‘t explain why lol 3mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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I completely fan-girled all over Julia Phillips today at the Decatur Book Festival #DBF2019. Her debut novel is my favorite book of 2019 so far. If you haven‘t read it, pick it up. She was a lovely as her writing. 💕📚

Booklover2 One of my favorites as well 3mo
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JSW
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Bailedbailed

Not for me. Quality writing but it‘s not connecting in any way.

Tamra I started the audio and it didn‘t keep me engaged so I didn‘t go back to it. I chalked it up to vacation distractions, but maybe not. 3mo
JSW @Tamra I didn‘t care about any of the characters. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Suelizbeth
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This is a tough read, because of the content, not the writing. A mystery set in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, the search for missing children shows the disparity between the small, ethnic communities and the bigger, more modern, Russian city. Families, friends, tragedies, love, confusion, emotions, everything. Resolution? I‘m still not sure. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cosmos_Moon
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Disappearing!!!! Nooooooooooo! Half the page is missing! How can I go on!???

BarbaraBB Huh? I‘ve never seen that before! 4mo
Cosmos_Moon @BarbaraBB it was sad, but I just guessed... then there was another page! Leafed through and I think it‘s only two pages 😕 4mo
Cosmos_Moon Turned out to be a good story, and only parts of two pages were missing. 4mo
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merelybookish
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My current listen seems to have lots of Litsy love.

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SamAnne
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4.5 stars out of 5. If time had allowed I would have devoured this book over a week-end. I loved the setting-kamtchatka. I loved the characters, their stories told in overlapping but stand alone chapters. And I finished it this exquisite morning, looking out at Lake Pend Oreille in north Idaho, contemplating a day of friends, good food and drink, swimming and paddling, and no work or chores. And diving right into The Lost Children Archive!

Suet624 Two great books. 4mo
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mrozzz
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I had the utmost pleasure listening to debut authors and well established writers speak throughout last weekend while I was at Catapult‘s annual writer‘s conference 🤩 These are the books (signed!) I went home with, along with the draft on my manuscript which I was there editing between lectures and readings. I highly recommend for any NYC-area writers!

kspenmoll So glad you went & got so much out of it! ❤️❤️ 4mo
readordierachel Sounds amazing! 4mo
mrozzz Thank you!! I am too! 💜☺️ @kspenmoll 4mo
mrozzz @readordierachel ugh it was!!! 😄 4mo
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Mitch
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The book opens with the abduction of two small girls and each chapter takes us a month at a time as the search continues. However, for me, the real beauty of this book is in the range of woman‘s experiences and being able to be part of their lives - even if only for the briefest time. Phillips clearly understand how to get under the skin of a place, you can feel the inhospitable, volcanic landscape, can‘t wait to see where she goes next.

Itchyfeetreader This sounds fascinating 4mo
BarbaraBB Great review. It sounds like a book I want to read so I‘ll stack! 4mo
Crazeedi Interesting review! Might have to look for this 4mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Great review!! 4mo
Mitch @Itchyfeetreader @BarbaraBB @Crazeedi I really enjoyed it - it takes place in a part of the world I knew nothing about which is always a bonus. And the author spent a long time living in that community and it definitely shows in the detail and understanding she shows the places. 4mo
Mitch @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled thank you ... vowed to do a short review of every book I read in 2019! 4mo
Crazeedi @Mitch that's what sounds really cool, I love books like that 4mo
SamAnne Loved the book. Can‘t wait to read her next. 4mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Soscha My OverDrive audio on this one just came through. 😀 4mo
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Catrobot
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The writing is beautiful but its structure really slows down the narrative. I‘m struggling to maintain interest through the last hundred pages. #catsoflitsy

Librarybelle But, at least you have Elliott to help you! 4mo
brit91 Cute kitty!😻😻 4mo
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SamAnne
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One of the best novels I‘ve read this year. Only halfway through but beautiful writing and I love the setting—Kamtschatka. A story of fear of change, other peoples, urban vs rural, all told through a story of two missing girls. A great vacation book—each chapter almost stands on its own—each a related but stand alone story focused on one character.

brit91 That's a beautiful view!!😍😍 4mo
TheBookStacker Just starting this today. Can‘t wait! 4mo
FeministBookClub Isn‘t this book beautiful? We had the author on our podcast to chat about it. You should check it outb 4mo
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Simona
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My main problem with this book was constant comparison with the Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Same starting point - missing girl(s) in the village, same construction - chapters are narrated by different, more or less connected characters through the months, in the Reservoir - through the years. Disappearing Earth is a very readable, slow story with slightly touch of a few hot topics, but I liked McGregor‘s version more ... although 👇

Simona .... Julia Phillips‘ detailed, observing prose in some parts, especially in characterization, is very strong and beautiful.
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Simona @Bookwormjillk My answer 😘 5mo
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SamAnne I loved the book. But have not read Reservoir 13. 4mo
Simona @SamAnne I liked some parts very much, but I couldn‘t deal with the quite movie-happy-ending. 4mo
SamAnne @Simona yeah can agree on that point. 4mo
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SamAnne
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Stealing a half hour between chores and prepping a Sunday dinner in one of my favorite garden spots. Only 25 pages in but this book has me hooked.

SamAnne And a bald eagle just flew overhead! They live in my area of the world but first one I‘ve seen above my garden!! Sigh. Contented. (edited) 5mo
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MarthaG
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Finished book 2 in my 12th hour of #24in48. I loved how this book was structured . It was like a book of interconnected short stories that eventually came together in a way I hadn‘t expected. I loved the sense of place in the novel.

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MarthaG
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Time for a lunch break. I‘m really liking this book. After I‘ve finished reading it I am going to need something light, so I‘ll be moving to something not in my original pile of books.

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Simona
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Hour 12, #Audiobook Challenge: I‘m Scribd user and I‘m quite new in the world of audiobooks. At the beginning I was listening only nonfiction books, because I couldn‘t concentrate on fictionalized stories, but now, after some practice, they are important part of my reading life.

#24in48 readathon

Cathythoughts Go on #readathon peeps 👍🏻🎉🎉🎉📚📚 5mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thanks 🙏 5mo
UwannaPublishme Cool! I‘ve listened to mostly nonfiction and recently branched out into live plays. There are some really good ones out there. Happy Readathoning! 5mo
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MarthaG
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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I‘m starting this book this morning for #24in48. This will be a day of interruptions, so I don‘t know how much reading I‘ll accomplish.

Simona This is my current audiobook! 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Another book that came onto my radar and eventually stacked. The novel is set in the remote Russian community of Kamchatka peninsular, where two young girls go missing while adventuring alone. It tells the impact of the disappearance on the community, the ‘tensions between ethnic Russians and the indigenous population‘ , touching on themes of gender and race.

#LetsTravelJuly #russia

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good! 📚🇷🇺 5mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts I have this stacked 👍🏻. Sounds good 5mo
Simona My current read and unfortunately, I don‘t like it .... 5mo
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ChrisBohjalian
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Fantastic. My bedtime reading.

Well-ReadNeck Oooooh, this book! Definitely one of my favorites of 2019. 5mo
Texreader ❤️😻 5mo
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It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel. Beginning with the disappearance of two young sisters it addresses the event through a series of linked chapters focusing on characters on the periphery. It's brilliantly done and the way Phillips pieces together the links builds to a powerful conclusion. I'll definitely be looking out for her future work

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Suet624
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I get excited when I see that a book requires a list of principal characters and provides a map. Thrilled to be starting this.

Bookboss I loved it. Enjoy! 5mo
Suet624 @Bookboss that‘s great to hear. 5mo
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