Disappearing Earth

By Julia Phillips

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Publisher Penguin Random House Imprint Knopf (Adult) ISBN


Awards and Honors 2020 Carnegie Medal Longlist <br> 2019 National Book Awards Finalist <br> 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Shortlist <br> <i>Kirkus</i> Best Books - 2019 <br> <i>LJ</i> Best Books - 2019 <br> NYPL Best Books - 2019 <br> CPL Best Books - 2019 <br> NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019 <br> <i>NYT</i> Notable Books - 2019 <br> 2019 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee <br> 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalist

Disappearing Earth

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Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism,Language: Strong Language,Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes,Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape

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.
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