The Disappearances

Category: Book
By (author): Murphy, Emily Bain
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Magical Realism
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: July 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*What if the ordinary things in life suddenly… disappeared?

Aila Quinn's mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila's reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home - and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together - scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream - vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these Disappearances," or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible - and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn't going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

From The Publisher*A mesmerizing tale about a fifteen-year-old girl who moves to a town where every seven years there is a disappearance, and she must find a way to break the curse before it's too late.
Review Quote*Thick with mystery, buried secrets, and magic, nothing is safe in The Disappearances . Be careful, or you might lose yourself in this strange and wondrous world, where stars go missing, reflections don't exist, and the question, how much would you sacrifice for love? is given entirely new meaning. I adored this book!"- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL

" The Disappearances is purely poetic-a beautifully woven story with enough heart to take on its own life."- Lindsay Cummings, New York Times bestselling author of THE MURDER COMPLEX

" The Disappearances is a dazzling debut, as glimmering as the Variants themselves, with a haunting mystery, wondrous world building, and a finely wrought family at its heart. I adored it." - Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles

" … delightfully whimsical and unsettling… a story bursting with color and originality." -Kirkus

" The riddle behind the town's curse is an intricate and surprising one, and readers will happily join the clever and witty Aila on her hunt for clues." -Bulletin

"The Disappearances is a book of wonder and mystery by first time novelist, Emily Bain Murphy. It is well crafted and the plot is memorable and complex. Shakespeare's words help solve the mystery, leaving the reader with a sense of hope as well as awe. This book should appeal to young adults and adults. The eloquent writing style and the well-researched inclusion of historical details make it memorable. Aila and Miles often use one word to summarize an experience, calling it a finishing word. My finishing wordafter reading The Disappearances is sublime." - Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE, an ALAN pick Nov/Dec 2016 "
Biographical NoteEmily Bain Murphy grew up in Tokyo and Hong Kong, graduated from Tufts with a major in creative writing, and now lives in San Francisco with her family. The Disappearances is Emily's debut novel. Visit her at and on Twitter at @EBain.