Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

80%

5 Critic Reviews

A terrific story in the vein of Dennis Lehane's fiction.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.

 

About Ivy Pochoda

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Ivy Pochoda grew up in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and lived in Red Hook for several years. She is the author of The Art of Disappearing. A former professional squash player, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Dennis Lehane Books/Ecco. 325 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Visitation Street
All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Alexander Nazaryan on Jul 21 2013

...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.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 13 2013

...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.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 25 2013

A terrific story in the vein of Dennis Lehane's fiction.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Kathleen Hennrikus on Jul 01 2013

Visitation Street starts on a high, meanders through the middle, then comes up with a truly Dickensian (one character pulls everything together) finish.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by CLAIRE CAMERON on Jul 19 2013

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.

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