The Disappearances (Hardcover)

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This book: a riddle, a secret, a star, reappeared.
This book: part 1940's fantasy, part literary thriller, part hopeful love story.
This book: about patterns, and how they break, about how we're grounded by things and people, other than ourselves, about how when some things disappear, no amount of anything, can bring them back.

— Jana


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544879362
ISBN-10: 0544879368
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: July 4th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English