Tuesday, July 11, 2017

{Blog Tour} THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy—Guest Post + Giveaway

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The Disappearances
by Emily Bain Murphy

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.


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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Magical Realism
 Publisher: HMH Books for Your Readers
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • Kobo • iBooks • IndieBound

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by Emily Bain Murphy

DELETED SCENE FROM THE DISAPPEARANCES

I heard the Carter Family’s “Walking in the King’s Highway” on the radio for the first time when I was eleven. Though I’d loved a handful of books by that age, it was the first time I’d ever fallen for a song.
            I spent weeks saving up for the record, weeding the garden and dusting Mother’s frog figurines for a penny a day. While I saved, I perched at the radio each night. Shrieked when the first strumming bars came on and yelled for everyone to be quiet.
            When I finally brought that record home I played it over and over. I loved the peculiar mix of joy and melancholy that welled up in me every time I set the needle to Sara and Maybelle’s scratchy, searing voices.
            But I played it one too many times. After a week straight, Mother marched over to the record player, calmly removed it, and slid it into its cover. “You need a break from this,” she’d said. “We all need a break from this.” And against my protestations, she took it and hid it for an endless seven days.
            I like to think that if she had known everything was going to turn out this way, she might not have done that.
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We ended up cutting this mini scene to help with pacing, but I’m so glad to have a chance to share it because I love the little glimpses of backstory we get from Aila’s life—what she was like growing up, and the small moments that make up her relationship with her mother. I remember doing something similar to this: becoming enamored with certain songs when I was in fourth grade and taping them on a cassette player and listening to them over and over again, to the point that I drove everyone else in my family crazy. I also think it’s so interesting that we can have these experiences where we can fall in love with things like songs and books and works of art, and they can make our lives feel a little more magical and uplifted for awhile, just like when we fall in platonic or romantic love with a person.

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Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by HMH Books for Young Readers and Pushkin Press in 2017.

Murphy is represented by Peter Knapp at Park Literary & Media. She currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.


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Big thanks to Emily for being a guest today!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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6 comments:

Katrina Brockavich said...

This book looks so intriguing! It sounds like a book that I wouldn't be able to set down once I started reading!

Stacy said...

Sounds like a great read for teens.

Faith Young said...

This one looks super interesting! Thanks for sharing this scene <3

Reading Tounwind said...

Interesting cover!!

bison61 said...

the book sounds good -thanks for your giveaway

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Diane Elizabeth said...

This sounds like such a unique book, I'm looking forward to reading it.

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