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4.53  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Leaving behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist, Sarah DeVaughan returns to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers. Meanwhile, at home in Kentucky, her sister, Quinn--also deeply scarred by the past and herself a keeper of secrets--tries to support her sister, even as she fe ...more
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Published July 16th 2019 by Ashland Creek Press
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Equal parts family drama and environmental fiction. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Sarah DeVaughan has been a journalist, living on the edge, facing dangerous assignments, when she decides to leave and move back to India, her childhood home. There she must face a past family tragedy, and her aim? To help with Bengal tiger preservation. Did I ever mention the Bengal tiger is one of my favorite animals?

Back in Kentucky, Sarah’s sister, Quinn, is fragile and scarred, and she is afraid that Sarah’s choice to go to India i
Kimberly Dawn
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m in awe and in love with this book! Three Ways to Disappear is both an absorbing family drama as well as an environmental fiction novel. It is a story as passionate about the restoration and healing of a family as well as the survival of the majestic Bengal tigers, an endangered species.

Set in the year 2000, Sarah returns to India, the land of her early childhood, to work for the conservation of Bengal tigers as a staff member of Tiger Survival, which is based at the lush Ranthambore tiger re
Elizabeth George
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katy Yocum applied for a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation because she wanted to go to India and photograph tigers for a book she intended to write. The board approved her application on the strength of her writing and her letters of recommendation although we were worried about the tiger part and asked that she get a very good telephoto lens. This book is the result of the trip she took and the hard work that followed.

It's very good on many levels. It's a family story, it's a love sto
Let there be no doubt - I adored this book! With its main themes of animal conservation and sisterhood it was always going to draw me in, but for a debut novel I was surprised at just how accomplished it was. Tremendously moving, and very well-written.

Jaded with her life as a globe-trotting journalist, covering wars and natural disasters, Sarah DeVaughan leaves her mother and sister behind in Kentucky and takes a new job in the land of her birth, working for a tiger conservation NGO near Rantham
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not since I read Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide have I been moved by another environmental fiction like did with Three Ways to Disappear. Exquisitely written and tenderly narrated, Katy Yocom's narration is smooth as a knife on a ripe banana even when it delivers the most horrifying plot point. Yocom is sensitive to the landscape and people she writes about and, as an Indian I empathized with a lot of details told in the book. The impressive details and nuances of village life she brings to her ...more
Ann Schwarz
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
Author Katy Yocum's debut novel Three Ways to Disappear is a rich and compelling read. It deftly intertwines themes of family, the connections between humanity and the balance of nature, and the impact secrets can have on relationships, whether they be between family members or sweethearts. It took me two days after finishing this book to gather my thoughts and feelings into coherency, because by the end of the book I was so emotionally invested in these characters and what would become of them. ...more
Jill Dobbe
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story of an American family who grew up in India, then left early because of a family tragedy. Each family member deals with the tragedy in their own way, however, it casts a shadow over each of their lives. The secrets and sadness break through when one daughter returns to India to help save the Bengal tigers while finding love along the way.

Three Ways to Disappear is a story about culture, nature, and family relationships. It is well written and engaging until the very end. As someone who li
Kitty Cook
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so rich and delicious I gained 5 lbs. reading it and I’m not even mad. What a sumptuous tale of tigers, forbidden love, broken families, grief, and sisterhood on two continents. Yocom does a marvelous job describing the issues facing conservation in India and dropping some mad interesting tiger facts against a heartbreaking tale that burns as slow and sensual as a stick of incense. READ THIS BOOK!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This lovely, compact novel was a delight to read, and a great pick for book clubs. Told in alternating points of view, this is a story of two sisters who are more different than alike in their complicated responses to the death of their brother that ended their happy ex-pat childhood in India and broke their family apart. It’s also a story about tigers and community and survival and the stories we tell ourselves.

Sarah, the younger sister, is a divorced, disillusioned journalist who decides to m
Alexandra Zaytseva
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites-2019
...there was Machli, lying at the lakeside, regal in repose. Shaggy and thin as she was, she was still glorious.

In this brilliant debut novel, Katy Yocom brings us closer to the fatal reality of the extinction of Bengal tigers, layering her novel with intricate family relationships, and emotionally-gripping journey of two sisters, Sarah and Quinn.

«Three Ways to Disappear» is by far one of the best Literary Fiction books of this year! With such a powerful first novel, Katy Yocom instantly
Janelle Fila
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The setting and the stories about the tigers are so magnificent in this book, you could read it for that alone. I absolutely fell in love with India and had my heart wrenched out by the constant struggles of its people, the conservationists, and the tigers. To be that dependent and affected by mother nature and poverty really made me stop and reflect on my own life (and all of the things I am grateful for!) I really enjoyed Sarah's story and her connection with these big, beautiful tigers (and t ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah DeVaughan always knew Louisville wasn't her home, her older sister Quinn describing her as "a citizen of the world", her journalism career taking her to far flung corners of the earth. War zones, human interest stories, feeling the need to make these people known, yet having difficulty accepting that not everyone wanted to know what happened after. A woman invested in her career, turning it into a lifestyle. A surviving twin.
Sarah was nothing like Quinn. Quinn, who had settled down, who ne
Mary Popham
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A family tragedy affects every member, and each reacts in a different way. The characters in Katy Yocom’s debut novel live in diverse settings from Ranthambore in northern India, where the children of the DeVaughan family grew up, to Louisville, Kentucky. The story is unveiled from dual points of view between a surviving twin, Sarah, who chooses to return to India to work with “Tiger Survival,” and her older sister, Quinn, also a mother of twins who has never lost the fear of the differences in ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover grabbed me and just as quickly so did the story! It is set in both the US and India and I really appreciated both the family drama and how well balanced it was with the conservationist angle. It is a powerful read that touches on so many topics, familial, environmental, multicultural and political without a moment of boredom. It was interesting to see how each sister responded to the loss of their brother and how their lives took totally different paths. I would like the thank Net Gall ...more
Alison L
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a pleasant surprise! The characters and setting pulled me right in, keeping up the momentum until the very end.

I thought the character development between the two sisters was one of the most impressive aspects. A lot of novels are using different perspectives now, but I think that it was done particularly well in this book. You really felt the difference between Quinn and Sarah, in their personalities as well as a sense that their lives, they are on different paths. Really rea
Theresa Smith
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
‘A critically endangered top predator, the linchpin of entire ecosystems.’

Those who have been following along for a while now might have picked up on my love for eco-literature. You might have also seen a gravitational lean towards books featuring tigers. Three Ways To Disappear is the first novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading that combines these two interests: an environmental read about saving tigers, and it’s also set in India, a place I love to read about – it’s as if the universe whisper
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Smith Publicity for providing me with a copy of Three Ways to Disappear, in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah and Quinn are sisters who grew up in India, but were returned to America by their mother after a terrible family tragedy. Years later, Sarah decides to head back to India, to work with a foundation protecting the dwindling tiger numbers. As Sarah tries to fit in with local customs, while battling the dangers they pose to her, she experiences the wonder of love – fo
Tygre tygre burning bright!

What an unusual story; intriguing and immersing with the switch between past reminiscences and the current day of two sisters. Sarah DeVaughan, a disillusioned journalist is“Done. With journalism.” She's covered the worst of areas evidencing man's inhumanity to man and is now turning her back on the world of war and heartbreak for what will become a different sort of heartbreak, the world of animal protection and sanctuaries. A world of poaching, and of death and life
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
WOW. Absolutely one of my favorite books so far this year. Katy Yocom's writing has that uncanny ability to immerse you into the setting of the story, so that you lose track of time and place while you read. When you stop reading, you might be a little out of sorts as you return to reality. I'm not exaggerating - it's that good!

I really connected with the two sisters who make up the main characters, but especially Sarah. This book explores themes of family and alienation, as well as idealism, c
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's no doing good in one way without doing harm in another.

At first, I was sure I was going to be bored by this book: sisters Quinn and Sarah, bound together by family love and the trauma of losing their brother long ago, but always at odds over the lifestyle choices of each--it felt like a story I had read before.

However, this book has so much more to offer than just family drama, although that develops into an important and compelling part of the narrative. The politics and societal mores
Savannah Porter
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I honestly don't know how to rate this. I love tigers and India with all my heart, so I expected to love this book. And I just...didn't. However, it did shake me and cause me to feel deeply about how horrible the injustices of the world are.

This story follows two sisters and their journeys to finding happiness after a horrible past in India. Quinn, a wife and mother in Kentucky, tries to survive under the weight of her terrible secret. Her sister, Sarah, returns to India to find her peace by jo
Heather Fineisen
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this book because of the Author's ties to my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.But the real star of the story is India and specifically a conservation park. Colors, smells, textures all come to life through exquisite storytelling. Tigers and their natural habitat are showcased and the Author demonstrates knowledge of such through her research and trip to India. A love story and a reconnection of sisters is a springboard for the conservation and well executed. An author to watch.
Mary S. R.
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: literary-fiction
I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the publisher, Ashland Creek Press!

Wow! I'm unbelievably excited for this Multicultural Women's Fiction :)

Leaving behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist, Sarah DeVaughan returns to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers. Meanwhile, at home in Kentucky, her sister, Quinn—also deeply scarred by the past and herself
Heather Bennett
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three Ways to Disappear is a beautiful story that books you from the first chapter. I loved this book. Well written and wonderful characters.
Dora Okeyo
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book is an unraveling of sorts. The author takes us into rural India exploring a childhood that's beautiful until trauma strikes and they up and leave only for the youngest, Sarah to move there years later as a journalist, helping to save tigers. It's a beautifully told story with each character's views expressed in their own time and voice.
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three Ways to Disappear is a compelling novel that perfectly balances the conservationist angle with the dramatic family drama. Yocom’s writing style is beautiful and glides through the themes of family tragedy, finding oneself, forbidden love and the magic of cultural kinship to mother -nature.
Sarah DeVaughan retires from her dangerous career in journalism, and pursues her true passion, returning to the country of her childhood- sparking the personal journey of finding where home truly is.
Rachel Stansel
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A powerful story told by two sisters who lost a brother when he was 7. Raised until then in India, his twin returns to work in tiger conservation while their older sister deals with guilt and worry. I enjoyed the sisters and their story. The author made India and the plight of the tigers come to life in vivid color.

Full disclosure- I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Drēma Drudge
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One is hard pressed to say which sister in this tale of family disconnection and reunification is more compelling: the exotic Sarah, journalist-turned-wildlife-activist, or Quinn, mother and keeper of the second, intact, set of twins in the family.

The story’s dual locations of India and Louisville, Kentucky mirror the dividing of the narrative back and forth between the sisters’ points of view, which in turn reflects the western vs. eastern branching of the tale. Which is to say more lies tantal
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful novel about family and truth and being an outsider. Sarah , a journalist, takes on a job with a tiger conservation NGO in the small village in India where she and her family once lived, while in the US, her sister Quinn deals with a callous husband, a sick child, and the weight of guilt from her childhood in India. The two work to create a new relationship with each other and those around them, all the while threatened by the politics of their presence in India. The plots are ...more
Coreena McBurnie
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was really well written and kept me reading, curious about what the characters would do next.

The story goes back and forth between 2 sisters, Sarah, an international journalist who settles down in India to work at a tiger sanctuary, and Quinn, a mother of twins who has lives in Kentucky. They grew up as children in India until Sarah's twin died and their mother moved them back to the US.

The relationship between the sisters and then their mother was great and I love how much
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“AT FIVE MONTHS OLD, Machli’s cubs had grown to the size of cocker spaniels. They were still toddlers, romping around in compact bodies that made perfect little loaves when they tucked their legs beneath them.” 0 likes
“there was Machli, lying at the lakeside, regal in repose. Shaggy and thin as she was, she was still glorious. She blinked lazily and elevated her chin as if contemplating her own magnificence. How satisfying, she seemed to say, to be so splendid.” 0 likes
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