Disappearing Earth

By: Julia Phillips

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 goes cold from the outset. In the girls’ tightly-woven community, everyone must grapple with the loss. But the fear and danger 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 the first to be accused. 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.

ISBN: 9780525520412

JLG Release: Aug 2019


Sensitive Areas: Racial insensitivity, Sexual assault, Strong language, Strong sexual themes
Topics: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia , Missing persons , Police investigations , Community , Indigenous cultures , Women

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Awards & Honors

2020 Carnegie Medal Longlist
2019 National Book Awards Finalist
2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Shortlist

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Book Details

ISBN

9780525520412

First Release

August 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9 1/4" x 6 1/4"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Knopf (Adult)

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Racial insensitivity, Sexual assault, Strong language, Strong sexual themes

Topics

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, Missing persons, Police investigations, Community, Indigenous cultures, Women,

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