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
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
LJ Best Books - 2019
NYPL Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
NYT Notable Books - 2019
2019 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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First Release

August 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

9 1/4" x 6 1/4"

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Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;




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Hardcover edition


Knopf (Adult)

Potentially Sensitive Areas

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


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

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