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Phillips, Julia

Disappearing Earth

Disappearing Earth

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Beautifully written, thought-provoking, intense and cleverly wrought,
this is the most extraordinary first novel from a mesmerising new

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the
north-eastern edge of Russia, two sisters are abducted. In the ensuing
weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of
the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with
the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Set on the
remote Siberian peninsula of Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth draws us into
the world of an astonishing cast of characters, all connected by an
unfathomable crime. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty -
densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes and
the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska - and into a region as
complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long
simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a
young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful
novel provides a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and
community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

Praise for Disappearing Earth

"A genuine masterpiece, but one that is easily consumed in a feverish stay-up-all-night bout of reading pleasure."
Gary Shteyngart

"Suspenseful, original and compelling, Disappearing Earth is a strange and haunting voyage into a strange and haunting world.'
Simon Sebag-Montefiore, author of The Romanovs

Phillips is at once a careful cartographer and gorgeous storyteller... .
A mystery of two missing girls burns at the center of this astonishing
debut, and the complexity of ethnicity, gender, hearth and kin
illuminates this question and many more."
Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

'A most extraordinarily beautiful and haunting first novel, and the unveiling of a rare and special talent' New Statesman

'A knock-out... .The stitches of Phillips's language make you go, Damn, that's good.' The Los Angeles Review of Books

'A superb debut.' New York Times

explores the devastation in this complex, imaginative and beautifully
written crime novel, which is as beautiful as the scenery it depicts.'
Woman's Weekly

'I was so absorbed I forgot to take notes...each new domestic world was deftly conjured and fresh.' Sarah Moss, The Guardian

'This book takes the 'missing girl' trope and turns it on its head' Elle

'Intriguing, tantalising, perfectly executed.' Spectator

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