Saturday, March 09, 2024

Eight novels from across the world about isolation

Scott Alexander Howard lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, where his work focused on the relationship between memory, emotion, and literature.

The Other Valley is his first novel.

At Electric Lit he tagged eight novels from across the world about isolation, including:
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

The kidnapping of two sisters sets off this locked-room mystery. The room in question: the vast Kamchatka peninsula in Russia, a former Soviet military zone that is still unreachable by road. The girls’ disappearance haunts the novel like a subharmonic frequency, rumbling in the background of various women’s lives as they grapple with the threat of sexual violence and the racist double standards that treat some victims as mattering more than others. Phillips is attracted to Pacific Rim locales—her upcoming Bear takes place in Washington’s San Juan Islands—and Disappearing Earth is an unforgettable evocation of a world on the edge of the world.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue