The women of Kamchatka, a remote Russian peninsula and the setting of breakaway debut novelist Julia Phillips’ Disappearing Earth, are unsettled. Ostensibly they are shaken by the disappearance and potential kidnapping of two young women in their tight-knit community, who vanish by the Bay suddenly while playing on a bright summer’s day. But beyond the crime that potentially may have taken place, the lives of Phillips’ narrators unfold in a slow weaving of tragedy and interlinked experiences that leave the reader with a haunting sense of having lived in Kamchatka, through the eyes of a dozen people, and lost something important there.
Julia Phillips joins Kepler’s Books on Friday, June 7th at 7:30 pm for a discussion and signing of the glittering debut novel that has stunned readers at Kirkus¸ The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and more. RSVP now to see this talented author at the very start of a long and powerful writing career.
Photo of Julia Phillips by Nina Subin.