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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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JenniferP
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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) 1d
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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, ⬇️ 1w
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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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! 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Hooked_on_books same here! I loved the book! I hope she wins too! ❤️ 2w
lele1432 Wow so cool! 2w
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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 2w
Hooked_on_books I would have loved this panel. I thought both of these books were terrific. 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Yay you got to meet Julia! ❤️ 2w
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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! 3w
nomadreader @gioverdino The Cheese Bar in Des Moines, Iowa! 3w
Avidreader25 Looks amazing! 2w
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irre
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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! 3w
Tamra So lucky! I heard an interview with McCall Smith and he was incredibly delightful. Everything that you would expect and even funnier. 3w
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! 3w
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. 3w
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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! 4w
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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! 👍 1mo
Suet624 @Tanisha_A thanks so much. 1mo
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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! 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Just to be clear, I've read Disappearing Earth and loved it. :) 1mo
Mdargusch That is how I vote when GR has there going - the books I‘ve read must win! 1mo
Suet624 @Mdargusch Haha! Absolutely. 1mo
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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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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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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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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! 2mo
Booklover2 It‘s truly amazing I just can‘t explain why lol 2mo
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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 2mo
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JSW
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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. 2mo
JSW @Tamra I didn‘t care about any of the characters. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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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! 3mo
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 😕 3mo
Cosmos_Moon Turned out to be a good story, and only parts of two pages were missing. 3mo
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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. 3mo
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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! ❤️❤️ 3mo
readordierachel Sounds amazing! 3mo
mrozzz Thank you!! I am too! 💜☺️ @kspenmoll 3mo
mrozzz @readordierachel ugh it was!!! 😄 3mo
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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 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review. It sounds like a book I want to read so I‘ll stack! 3mo
Crazeedi Interesting review! Might have to look for this 3mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Great review!! 3mo
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. 3mo
Mitch @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled thank you ... vowed to do a short review of every book I read in 2019! 3mo
Crazeedi @Mitch that's what sounds really cool, I love books like that 3mo
SamAnne Loved the book. Can‘t wait to read her next. 3mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Soscha My OverDrive audio on this one just came through. 😀 3mo
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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! 3mo
brit91 Cute kitty!😻😻 3mo
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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!!😍😍 3mo
TheBookStacker Just starting this today. Can‘t wait! 3mo
FeministBookClub Isn‘t this book beautiful? We had the author on our podcast to chat about it. You should check it outb 3mo
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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 😘 4mo
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SamAnne I loved the book. But have not read Reservoir 13. 3mo
Simona @SamAnne I liked some parts very much, but I couldn‘t deal with the quite movie-happy-ending. 3mo
SamAnne @Simona yeah can agree on that point. 3mo
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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) 4mo
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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
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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
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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 👍🏻🎉🎉🎉📚📚 4mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thanks 🙏 4mo
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! 4mo
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MarthaG
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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! 4mo
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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! 📚🇷🇺 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts I have this stacked 👍🏻. Sounds good 4mo
Simona My current read and unfortunately, I don‘t like it .... 4mo
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ChrisBohjalian
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Fantastic. My bedtime reading.

Well-ReadNeck Oooooh, this book! Definitely one of my favorites of 2019. 4mo
Texreader ❤️😻 4mo
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Moray_Reads
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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! 4mo
Suet624 @Bookboss that‘s great to hear. 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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This was an interesting book for me. Different format, somewhat like a collection of short stories revolving around the disappearance of two young girls in the Kamchatka region of Russia. Such an interesting setting! I also enjoyed many of the months (the way the chapters were broken up) and the characters within. I will admit I got a bit bogged down with the sheer number of characters but found the guide in the front very helpful. #audiobook

Cathythoughts This sounds really good. I‘m not great though with too many characters 🤔 4mo
Cosmos_Moon Was thinking of reading this one. Thanks! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cathythoughts I'm not usually either, but I must say this one is worth it. The ending tied it up very nicely and made all of the characters worth it for me. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cosmos_Moon I did get a bit bogged down in the middle just because there were so many people to keep track of but I did end up really enjoying it. The end is my favorite. 4mo
Cathythoughts I‘m giving it a whirl! Stacked 4mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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I‘m home! Dinner was saag feta again from the Indian-ish cookbook. I had some incredible Indian food in Amsterdam and I was excited to make this again when we got back!

This book and author seem fascinating to me. I think I want to wait to read it for Book Club though?

BarbaraBB Which restaurant are you referring to? Just curious! 4mo
BooksForEmpathy @BarbaraBB Oh! I went to one called Sherpa (I think) and it was one of those “exactly what I wanted at exactly the right time” meals and I had a Kingfisher and the sun warmed my face and the saag paneer was transcendent. Also, it has Nepalese food, and so that means MOMOs!! (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB Oh I know where it it but haven‘t been there because it is so turisty in that neighbourhood but your food sounds great! Next week I‘m flying to SF to follow up on some of your foody suggestions! 💜 4mo
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BooksForEmpathy @BarbaraBB Yes we were trying to get out of the touristy parts (really unbearable!!) between the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum and this place was just far enough away down the street. You have to go!! 4mo
NHLibrarian I was in Amsterdam in November with my mom and sister and that Sherpa restaurant was our first dinner 👍 4mo
kspenmoll Yum! 4mo
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Chris
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Fantastic. I wish it had just gone on and on. I‘m kind of sad that I won‘t be able to follow the characters‘ lives anymore.

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Chelsea.Poole
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This one started out super strong for me! I'm a few chapters in, and I would agree with some reviewers who have said that this one feels like interconnected short stories.
Ps -- my lilies are out and proud!

Slajaunie Mine have already bloomed and died. Beautiful! 4mo
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous flower. I really liked this book. It was strong for me all the way through. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Slajaunie they sure don't last long but they are gorgeous while they last! 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books that's good to hear, thanks! I'm not yet halfway and enjoying it as well 😊 thank you! 4mo
Crazeedi Beautiful lilies!!💕 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Crazeedi thank you! ☺️ 4mo
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Mel
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SamAnne Oh! How is it? I‘m in line for it at the library. 4mo
BarbaraBB Wow, great view! Where are you? 4mo
Mel @BarbaraBB Kauai! 🌺 4mo
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BarbaraBB Paradise. I just read a book about it. Now I believe it! 4mo
Mel @BarbaraBB ohhh, what did you read? 4mo
BarbaraBB I really enjoyed that one and its descriptions of Honolulu and Kauai! 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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My current stack. Just started Disappearing Earth on #audiobook this morning. So far, so good 😊 #libraryhaul #tbr #bookhaul 📚

Bookish_B I just started The Flatshare. I‘ve heard good things. 4mo
keepingupwiththepenguins I just picked up The Flatshare too - I can't wait to read it, it sounds like good fictional fun! 4mo
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First sentence: a little alliteration.

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MelKelsey
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A beautifully written novel about the kidnapping of girls in remote Russia. It reads like a short story in that each chapter is about a different character marginally or centrally related to the victims. It left me wanting more, as the author does not return to these storylines. She does, however, return to the kidnapped children.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3mo
MelKelsey Thank you, @Nute ! 3mo
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The subtitle says ”a novel” but this reads more like interconnected short stories. I have read many of the great Russian novels, but little set in present day. Set on a peninsula of Russia, this book offered a fascinating study of those moments in life when everything changes: the one bad decision, the moment of inattention, the one fit of temper that can alter life forever. The characters could have been more well defined, but an excellent book.

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What appears in the first chapter to be a whodunit of the abduction of two girls then resolves into the portrait of a community on the Kamchatka peninsula. Reading more like a web of tightly knit short stories than a novel, the book winds through various characters, layering the complexity of society slowly but surely. I thought it was unique and marvelous.

Bookboss I am reading it now! Enjoying it so far! 5mo
Kammbia1 I started reading it yesterday! Pretty good after 50 pages. 4mo
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