Wilton Library Readers Discuss Disappearing Earth on Sept. 9 via Zoom

Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar will discuss Disappearing Earth, by Julia Phillips on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is required. Participants must have a Zoom account. An email link will be provided to all registrants a few days before the meeting.
Wilton Library Readers group meets the second Wednesday of each month through June.
About the book: One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls--sisters, eight and eleven--go missing. 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.

Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. 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.

In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this 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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