Daily Bookmark: Julia Phillips’ “Disappearing Earth” is a stunning debut about lost children

In a tightly-woven community on the shoreline of Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, two young girls are missing. Their disappearance has ripple effects throughout the town, especially for the community’s women. In “Disappearing Earth,” on sale now from Penguin Random House, the rugged beauty of the northeastern Russian outpost, the dense forests of Japan and the icy seas surrounding Alaska serve as a stunning backdrop for a rich cast of characters. 

This literary crime novel sheds new light on the complex bonds of family and community, as a witness, a detective, a neighbor and a mother fight for answers and to come to grips with tragedy. 

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow who has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Paris Review. “Disappearing Earth,” a bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award, is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn. 

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