Julia Phillips spent a year in Kamchatka – a former closed Soviet military zone and an isolated landscape utterly unfamiliar to most Western readers – and the stunning result is Disappearing Earth. Shortlisted for the National Book Award, this unique literary thriller opens with the abduction of two little white girls and examines how their disappearance echoes across the lives of a cast of complex women. It’s a gripping, fascinating book by a striking new talent.
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Julia Phillips lives in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, Disappearing Earth, has been published in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Poland, and China, and was shortlisted for the 2019 US Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her Pushcart-nominated fiction has been widely published in literary journals and her nonfiction has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and Slate. She spent a year as a Fulbright fellow in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, where Disappearing Earth is set.
Nicole Abadee is the books writer for The Australian Review Magazine and also writes about books for Good Weekend. She appears regularly at writers’ festivals and other literary events. Nicole is also a literary consultant, helping writers to polish their work and to get published.