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In the first paragraph of Ways to Disappear, a famous Brazilian novelist climbs into a tree with a suitcase and a cigar, and disappears. Her American translator drops everything to follow her trail. Author Idra Novey has translated works by Brazilian authors such as Clarice Lispector, and employs this metafictional conceit remarkably well. Ways to Disappear is a clever and entertaining blend of mystery, romance, and (of course) surrealism, which also speculates on the nature of translation. It’s just shy of brilliant, and I enjoyed it immensely.
— Sara, Atlanta
Winner of the Sami Rohr Prize in Fiction
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize for First Fiction NPR Best Book of 2016
Buzzfeed Best Debut of 2016
BUST Magazine Best Book of 2016
Winner of the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize for Fiction New York Times Editors' Choice
2016 Barnes & Noble Discover selection "An elegant page-turner....Charges forward with the momentum of a bullet." --New York Times Book Review
For fans of Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
and Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette
, an inventive, brilliant debut novel about the disappearance of a famous Brazilian novelist and the young translator who turns her life upside down to follow her author's trail.
Beatriz Yagoda was once one of Brazil's most celebrated authors. At the age of sixty, she is mostly forgotten-until one summer afternoon when she enters a park in Rio de Janeiro, climbs into an almond tree, and disappears.
When her devoted translator Emma hears the news in wintry Pittsburgh, she flies to the sticky heat of Rio. There she joins the author's son and daughter to solve the mystery of Yagoda's disappearance and satisfy the demands of the colorful characters left in her wake, including a loan shark with a debt to collect and the washed-up editor who launched Yagoda's career. What they discover is how much of her they never knew.
Exquisitely imagined and as profound as it is suspenseful, Ways to Disappear
is at once a thrilling story of intrigue and a radiant novel of self-reckoning.