Fiction Book Group

Fiction Book Group Graphic, featuring Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 PM ET
Fiction Book Group with Alexis
Discussion of Disappearing Earth

Led (virtually!) by former Greenlight general manager Alexis, our fiction book group meets monthly to discuss paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For September, the group discusses Julia Phillip’s National Book Award finalist Disappearing Earth. One August afternoon, two sisters—Sophia, eight, and Alyona, eleven—go missing from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia. Taking us through the year that follows, Disappearing Earth enters the lives of women and girls in this tightly knit community who are connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty—open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, dense forests, 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. In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, Phillips's powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 6:00pm

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Disappearing Earth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436225
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2020

Taking us through the year that follows, Disappearing Earth enters the lives of women and girls in this tightly knit community who are connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty—open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, dense forests, 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.

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
The Washington Post, Esquire, Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, NPR, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, The A. V. Club, The New York Public Library


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