Leaving behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist, Sarah DeVaughan returns to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers. Meanwhile, at home in Kentucky, her sister, Quinn—also deeply scarred by the past and herself a keeper of secrets—tries to support her sister, even as she fears that India will be Sarah’s undoing.
As Sarah faces challenges in her new job—made complicated by complex local politics and a forbidden love—Quinn copes with their mother’s refusal to talk about the past, her son’s life-threatening illness, and her own increasingly troubled marriage. When Sarah asks Quinn to join her in India, Quinn realizes that the only way to overcome the past is to return to it, and it is in this place of stunning natural beauty and hidden danger that the sisters can finally understand the ways in which their family has disappeared—from their shared history, from one another—and recognize that they may need to risk everything to find themselves again.
With dramatic urgency, a powerful sense of place, and a beautifully rendered cast of characters revealing a deep understanding of human nature in all its flawed glory, Katy Yocom has created an unforgettable novel about saving all that is precious, from endangered species to the indelible bonds among family.
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About the Author
Katy is a 2019 recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the Kentucky Arts Council. She has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Elizabeth George Foundation as well as writing residencies from Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and Crosshatch Hill House. She holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University, co-directs the Spalding at 21c reading series in Louisville, and serves on the board of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. She lives with her husband and animal companions in Louisville, where she is associate director of Spalding's low-residency MFA in Writing program.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sarah DeVaughan always knew Louisville wasn't her home, her older sister Quinn describing her as "a citizen of the world", her journalism career taking her to far flung corners of the earth. War zones, human interest stories, feeling the need to make these people known, yet having difficulty accepting that not everyone wanted to know what happened after. A woman invested in her career, turning it into a lifestyle. A surviving twin. Sarah was nothing like Quinn. Quinn, who had settled down, who never truly dealt with her feelings about India, who still blamed herself for Marcus and saw her children as a path to redemption, a chance to make different choices. Quinn, who can't understand why Sarah would choose to go back to the place that destroyed them, that took everything from them, the place that stole their brother and their father. These two women could not have been more different, and yet, Three Ways to Disappear follows their journey as they find themselves again. Sarah wanted to make a difference, do more than just report on crisis without following it through to the end. So she finds herself in Sawai Madhopur, part of Tiger Survival at Ranthambore tiger reserve. From day one, the other employees are convinced she carries tiger magic in her. Determined to find a way to affect change for the women in India, Sarah schemes with Quinn, and together they start a cooperative of women creating handbags and scarves to sell in the United States. Sarah sees potential in these women, and an opportunity to give them independence in a male-dominant society. Back in America Quinn struggles with her sister's return to India, the continued pain over the loss of Marcus, and her tenuous marriage, being held together by threads. Feeling defeated, she visits Sarah in India, where her eyes are opened to the opportunities to change these women's lives for the better. Or rather, to help them change their lives. Three Ways to Disappear is a beautiful story of love, and loss, and pain, and healing. It is inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time, and Katy Yocom has done an incredibly beautiful job in every way in creating this story. The thorough research makes Sarah and Quinn's story, and that of their families, friends, coworkers, and the women they are trying to help, that much more sad to read. This wasn't just a book, Three Ways to Disappear is a call to action. We cannot keep turning a blind eye to things we think don't affect us. Tigers are not the only animals on the endangered species list, and we are not doing enough to make this public knowledge. Not only does Yocom shed light on this issue, but she is realistic about possible solutions. We, as humans, cannot keep destroying the planet in the careless way we have gone about this. We cannot remain naive to the issues around us. These problems are so much bigger than just one person.
As an avid tiger advocate, I was drawn to the beautiful cover of this novel. I went into it hoping to fall in love with the story and I totally did. Told in alternating views of two sisters, Sarah and Quinn, this book tells the tale of both their shared childhood and their present adult lives. Their lives could not be more different, with Quinn being a devoted wife and mother, while Sarah traveled the world as a journalist before moving to India to work on tiger conservation and advocacy. Alternating viewpoints like this can be tricky and Ms. Yocom did it beautifully. I was disappointed to see each chapter end, but not so much so that I felt the need to skip ahead to see how that plot line played out. This novel is so beautifully written and I fell in love with these sisters and their families - both their biological families and their extended families. It was amazing to read about the Indian culture and the descriptions were vividly portrayed so that I felt like I was living it myself. There were times that this story even moved me to tears. I have numerous highlighted quotes that touched my heart, as well as book references that I feel so compelled to check out. I plan to also purchase the hard cover of this book and hope to catch the author on a publicity tour. I hope that she has follow up books, because I fully plan to read whatever she writes! Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
WOW. Absolutely one of my favorite books so far this year. Katy Yocom's writing has that uncanny ability to immerse you into the setting of the story, so that you lose track of time and place while you read. When you stop reading, you might be a little out of sorts as you return to reality. I'm not exaggerating - it's that good! I really connected with the two sisters who make up the main characters, but especially Sarah. This book explores themes of family and alienation, as well as idealism, culture shock, and the political implications of colonialism. Another book that features strong women without making a huge fanfare about it. I love it. Thank you Ashland Creek Press, Katy Yocom, and NetGalley for allowing me to access this beautiful book. As always, all opinions are my own.