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Chosen by Denis 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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This is well-written, but a bit dark and depressing. Smart but took awhile to get in to..
The first chapters of this book paint a picture of the nostalgic times I grew up in living in Brooklyn. The story promised a strong plot and interesting characters. Then unfortunately, the promise was broken. Great story potential, but in the end it doesn't deliver.
The book brought back memories of my childhood in Brooklyn. The way the author tells the story you can believe you are there in this place. Good story, very believable.