The Disappearances (Paperback)

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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


Emily Bain Murphy's magical debut young adult novel THE DISAPPEARANCES follows a teen girl who moves to her recently deceased mother's hometown and discovers that it is cursed to lose the experiences that weave life together--the sound of music, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream--and that her mom may be to blame.

Every seven years something disappears in the town of Sterling: reflections, dreams, colors, stars. When Aila Quinn arrives, she realizes why her deceased mother, Juliet, never spoke of growing up there--the town is cursed to lose the experiences that weave life together, and everyone thinks Juliet is to blame.

Aila sets out to clear her mother's name with the help of George, whose goofy charm makes him a fast friend; Beas, the enigmatic violinist who writes poetry on her knees; and William, whose pull on Aila's heart terrifies her.

The Disappearances is a bewitching tale full of intrigue, beauty, and dread that will leave you entranced.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781328904072
ISBN-10: 1328904075
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2018
Pages: 400
Language: English