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Julia Phillips This is a really thoughtful question, Nikki. Thank you for asking. I think the book definitely falls under the broad umbrella of "women's fiction" as …moreThis is a really thoughtful question, Nikki. Thank you for asking. I think the book definitely falls under the broad umbrella of "women's fiction" as a work written by a woman about the lives of girls and women, so I'm comfortable with that categorization. But I am generally curious how much utility that umbrella has. Jennifer Weiner seems to sum it up well in a recent essay: "'Women’s fiction' has been a catchall term for years, an ever-expanding tent big enough to cover anything written for women or by a woman, or consumed primarily by women." What an enormous, diverse pool of work. I hope that potential readers of DISAPPEARING EARTH will get to hear its description, like you did, and feel out whether this particular one is right for them. (less)
Julia Phillips Hi Rebecca, thank you so much for reading! And what a good question...this is something I didn't think about explicitly when writing, but have thought…moreHi Rebecca, thank you so much for reading! And what a good question...this is something I didn't think about explicitly when writing, but have thought about more since the book came out. Someone told me once that they read all the main characters in the novel as thematically connected by the experience of captivity. That both surprised and resonated with me. It makes sense with the plot, I think, that every character, no matter their situation, is in some way held tight in place.

That stuck-in-place feeling is also one I sometimes associate with Kamchatka, which is so huge, beautiful, and full of opportunities to experience incredible things, but which also has really limited transit, few roads, short windows of good weather that allow movement, and restricted access to the outside world. I remember seeing a production of Chekhov's "Three Sisters" while I was there; the characters' longing for Moscow felt so resonant with some of my experiences on the peninsula. People feeling trapped while dreaming of the moment when everything will change. In the play (spoiler alert!) the sisters don't get to Moscow, and I suppose many of my characters don't reach their Moscows either...(less)
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“Everyone looked better at a distance. Everyone sounded sweetest when you did not have to hear them talk too long.”
Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth

“It hurts too much to break your own heart out of stupidity, to leave a door unlocked or a child untended and return to discover that whatever you value most has disappeared. No. You want to be intentional about the destruction. Be a witness. You want to watch how your life will shatter.”
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“hurts too much to break your own heart out of stupidity, to leave a door unlocked or a child untended and return to discover that whatever you value most has disappeared. No. You want to be intentional about the destruction. Be a witness. You want to watch how your life will shatter.”
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