May 2019 Indie Next List
“Julia Phillips is an author to watch. She beautifully transports us to a region of the world that I had never heard of and now can’t stop thinking about. The stories of the women there—their family dynamics, their hopes and fears, the economic and cultural divide of various communities—tell a moving story about this place in a moment in time, but ultimately about the universal struggle of women living with the expectations placed on them. A remarkable debut.”
— Casey Coonerty, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“A thrilling and original debut novel that explores the lives of several women living in Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula whose lives are unknowingly connected by the unsolved disappearances of three girls. The mystery of the girls’ fates will keep you on the edge of your seat, but even more impressive is the way Phillips portrays the lives of her female characters—women who struggle to obtain a better life for themselves and their children, lives unencumbered by the racism, economic instability, and isolation inherent in living in a disregarded and harsh corner of Russia’s vast landscape.”
— Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX
I am always drawn to a novel that brings me inside another part of the world - its culture, its landscape and its sense of family and community. This novel is both suspenseful and filled with well drawn characters. You will turn each page hoping to find out what happens to the two missing sisters and at the same time lean much about those in the community that are involved with them. Suprising and beautifully detailed!