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Three Ways to Disappear

Three Ways to Disappear

Author(s): Katy Yocom

Location(s): India

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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In Katy Yocom’s award-winning debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, two families—one human, one tiger—follow parallel journeys in which the powerful drives to connect, love, and raise the next generation play out against the fact of loss and the need to let go.

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, tries to support Sarah, even as she fears India will be her undoing.

As Sarah faces challenges in her new job—made complicated by complex local politics and a forbidden love—Quinn copes with their mother’s refusal to talk about the past, her son’s life-threatening illness, and her own increasingly troubled marriage. When Sarah asks Quinn to join her in India, Quinn realizes that the only way to overcome the past is to return to it, and it is in this place of stunning natural beauty and hidden danger that the sisters can finally understand the ways in which their family has disappeared—from their shared history, from one another—and risk everything to find themselves again.

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