Disappearing Earth

Disappearing Earth is the debut novel of Julia Phillips set on the remote Kamchatka peninsula. The story revolves around two sisters who are at the edge of a bay on a summer day. The elder one wants to remain to shore while the younger wants to venture deeper. The rest of the novel takes the story further when the two sisters get kidnapped. 

The writer attempts to expose the ways in which the women of Kamchatka are fragmented in every possible way by the place and the people. Julia Philips pays equal importance to the place or the region as the characters in this book. The women who appear in the story are intricately identified with their region. For example, one of the girls started on the peninsula, and married into a successful family that grew into a huge company. It is almost impossible to imagine the story without the mention of the region of Kamchatka. She has clearly and beautifully made the mention of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky from where the sisters are kidnapped, the hot springs, and the wooden cabins in the lush green town of Esso and the tiny city Palana.…