Chosen by Dennis Lehane for his eponymous imprint, Ivy Pochoda's Visitation Street is a riveting literary mystery set against the rough-hewn backdrop of the New York waterfront in Red Hook. It's summertime in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blue-collar dockside neighborhood. June and Val, two fifteen-year-olds, take a raft out onto the bay at night to see what they can see. And then they disappear. Only Val will survive, washed ashore; semi-conscious in the weeds. This shocking event will echo through the lives of a diverse cast of Red Hook residents. Fadi, the Lebanese bodega owner, hopes that his shop will be the place to share neighborhood news and troll for information about June's disappearance. Cree, just beginning to pull it together after his father's murder, unwittingly makes himself the chief suspect, but an enigmatic and elusive guardian is determined to keep him safe. Val contends with the shadow of her missing friend and a truth she buries deep inside. Her teacher Jonathan, a Julliard School dropout and barfly, wrestles with dashed dreams and a past riddled with tragic sins.
by Jonathan Maberry
by Alexandra Ivy
by David Ogilvy
"You wonÕt know which to rave about first: Ivy PochodaÕs engrossing look at the citizens of Red Hook, Brooklyn, or Ray PorterÕs amazing narration. The story revolves around teenagers Val and June, who decide to go rafting on the bay one summer night. When Val is discovered washed onto the beach, the whole neighborhood is drawn into JuneÕs mysterious disappearance. Porter absolutely astonishes in his portrayal of the teenaged girls. HeÕs completely convincing as adolescent jealousies and angst emerge. And heÕs masterful as locals Fadi, a shopkeeper; Cree, a young, black suspect; RD, a graffiti artist; and Jonathan, a dissolute teacher. Pochoda offers a gritty, hopeful literary thriller. PorterÕs performance turns Red Hook into a character and makes each person and ghost tangible. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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