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.
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...Ms. Pochoda aspires to join female suspense novelists...who are arguably writing more serious genre fiction than their male counterparts. She isn’t there just yet, but “Visitation Street” is an impressive entry into the field.Read Full Review of Visitation Street | See more reviews from NY Times
...couples a raw-edged, lyrical look at characters’ innermost fears with an evocative view of Red Hook, a traditionally working-class area of Brooklyn undergoing gentrification that still struggles with racism and the aftermath of drug violence.Read Full Review of Visitation Street | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Visitation Street starts on a high, meanders through the middle, then comes up with a truly Dickensian (one character pulls everything together) finish.Read Full Review of Visitation Street | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
The mindsets of the characters slowly melt together in the summer heat. The plot unfolds and their connections to each other become clear, as does their understanding of the neighbourhood.Read Full Review of Visitation Street | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
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