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WWLI Book Club - Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

January 22, 2020
5:00 PM EST to 6:30 PM EST
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2010 Corporate Ridge Road, Suite 530
McLean, VA 22102
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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.

 

About the Book Club:

The Book Club meets quarterly in July, October, January, and April, and alternates between fiction and non-fiction books.  All members are welcome to join regularly or when our book selection appeals to you. 

Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP for this event.