Author(s): Emily Bain Murphy
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.
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, 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' Sumptuous worldbuilding, richly developed characters, and a swoon-worthy romance elevate this delightful, fantasy-tinged mystery Publishers Weekly (starred review) Full of twists and surprises. Murphy's novel is 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... sublime Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE, an ALAN pick Nov/Dec 2016
Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She loves books, macarons, Japanese karaoke and exploring new cities, and is a long-time volunteer with Love146, a non-profit that fights child trafficking. Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family, where you can find her working on her second YA novel - somewhere between the bakery and the beach.