‘Disappearing Earth’ author Julia Phillips reflects on her debut year, award shortlists, and what’s next

‘Disappearing Earth’ author Julia Phillips reflects on her debut year, award shortlists, and what’s next

National Book Award finalist Julia Phillips spent nearly three years writing her debut Disappearing Earth and even lived in the remote Russian village where the book is set. The debut was an instant hit when it was published in May and continued to gain momentum all the way into award season.

She is now a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Additionally. she is on the longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction. The finalists will be announced early in November.

I wanted to catch up with Phillips about everything that has unfolded since her debut was published and what’s next.

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Ruchika Tomar’s ‘A Prayer For Travelers’ is a vital book about trauma, friendship, and the female experience

Ruchika Tomar’s ‘A Prayer For Travelers’ is a vital book about trauma, friendship, and the female experience

Ruchika Tomar doesn’t think a lot of men will read her book. But they should. Trust me. 

On its surface, A Prayer for Travelers is about a woman trying to track down her missing friend in the desert. However, the novel subverts all expectations of that logline. It is a captivating and eye-opening work about the female experience and the true beauty in Tomar’s work is how she approaches trauma. 

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