Join us for our Mystery & Suspense Book Discussion Group, starting with our July Fantastic Firsts Pick, Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda. Fantastic Firsts members and book discussion attendees save 20% on each month’s selection.
Location: Street: 2810 Artesia Boulevard City: Redondo Beach , Province: California Postal Code: 90278 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Visitation Street: Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an isolated blue-collar neighborhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, fifteen-year-olds June and Val are looking for fun. Forget the boys, the bottles, the coded whistles. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay. But on the water during the humid night, the girls disappear. Only Val survives, washing ashore in the weeds, bruised and unconscious. Ivy Pochoda combines intensely vivid prose with breathtaking psychological insight to explore a cast of solitary souls, pulled by family, love, betrayal, and hope, who yearn for a chance to break free. Ivy Pochoda is the author of The Art of Disappearing and has a BA from Harvard University in English and Classical Greek with a focus on dramatic literature and a MFA from Bennington College in fiction. She is a former professional squash player and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Location: Street: 4869 Main St Additional: City: Manchester Center, Province: Vermont Postal Code: 05255 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Chosen by Denis Lehane for his eponymous imprint, Ivy Pochoda’s Visitation Streetis 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.
Ivy Pochoda is also the author of the novel The Art of Disappearing. A former professional squash player, she now works as a ghostwriter. She was the 2009 James Merrill House Writer in Residence.
Location: Street: 1010 El Camino Real City: Menlo Park, Province: California Postal Code: 94025-4349 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
After three years of playing No.1 for Harvard’s squash team and winning the national intercollegiate title as a senior, Ivy Pochoda furthered her playing the WISPA pro tour and ranking 38 in the world. Since then she has honed her talents as a writer. Her second novel is Visitation Street and it is sensational! In fact, we liked it so much we picked it for our Fantastic First Mystery selection in July. Selected by Dennis Lehane for his eponymous imprint at Ecco, this is surely one of the best mysteries of the year! Visitation Street is a riveting literary mystery set against the rough-hewn backdrop of the New York waterfront in Red Hook. Bunny notes that "Ivy Pochoda has a way of telling stories within a story that is masterful and moving." Her full review is just below. Join us as we enthusiastically welcome Ivy to Mysterious Galaxy on Friday, July 19 at 7:30PM.
Location: Street: 2810 Artesia Boulevard City: Redondo Beach, Province: California Postal Code: 90278 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Come meet Ivy Pochoda as she discusses her new book The Art of Disappearing. How do you know if love is real or just an illusion? When Mel Snow meets the talented magician Toby Warring in a dusty roadside bar, she is instantly drawn to the brilliant performer whose hands can effortlessly pull stray saltshakers and poker chips from thin air and conjure castles out of the desert sands. Just two days later they are married, beginning their life together in the shadow of Las Vegas, where Toby hopes to make it big. Mel knows that magicians are a dime a dozen, but Toby is different--his magic is "real." As Toby's renown grows and Mel falls more and more in love with his wonderments, she starts to realize that Toby's powers are as unstable as they are dazzling. She learns that he once made his assistant disappear completely, and couldn't bring her back. And then, just as Mel becomes convinced that his magic is dangerous, a trick goes terribly awry during his Strip debut. Exiled from the stage, Mel and Toby flee the lights of Las Vegas for the streets of Amsterdam where a cabal of old-time magicians, real magicians like Toby, try to rescue him from his despair. But he's haunted by the trick that failed, and obsessed with using his powers to right his mistakes, leaving Mel to wonder if the love they share is genuine or merely a fantasy, conjured up by a lost magician looking to save himself from being alone. Ivy Pochoda's spellbinding and cinematic storytelling seamlessly fuses timeless magic to modern-day passion. Haunting and beautiful, "The Art of Disappearing "is an imaginative and captivating love story destined to enchant readers for years to come. (booksense)… (more)
Ivy Pochoda graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Classical Greek and English. She was a champion squash player and a six-time member of the United States Women's National Squash Team. She was the Spring 2009 James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Ivy Pochoda is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.