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The Act of Disappearing

(2024)
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"Hauntingly beautiful.”
—Fiona Davis, 
New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

“A thrilling story, remarkably told.”
—Lara Prescott,
New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept

Julia White is struggling: her bartending job isn’t cutting it and her first book has sold hardly any copies. She’s broke, barely able to make ends meet while drowning in her late mother’s medical bills and reeling after a one-night stand with her ex-boyfriend, who’s now completely ghosted her. Enter Johnathan Aster, world-renowned photographer, with a proposal: he has a never-before-seen photograph of a woman falling from a train bridge, clutching what appears to be a baby. And he wants Julia to research the story.

Alternating between present-day Brooklyn and Kentucky as it enters the 1960s, the story unfolds as Julia races to find answers: Who was the woman in the photograph? Why was she on the bridge? And what happened to the baby? Each detail is more propulsive than the last as Julia unravels the mystery surrounding the Fairchilds of Gray Station and discovers a story more staggering than anything she could have imagined.  


Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Nathan Gower's The Act of Disappearing masterfully alternates two suspenseful storylines that will keep you up turning pages straight to the stunning end. This is a remarkable debut!" - Jessica Anya Blau

"The Act of Disappearing broods on identity, small-town secrets, multigenerational legacies, and the claims we have to our own and others' stories. Indelible, charismatic characters--Julia White and Kate Fairchild chief among them--propel Nathan Gower's intricately plotted cold-case mystery. A beautifully imagined, splendid debut." - K L Cook

"An exquisite exploration of motherhood and madness and the cost of withholding the truth from generation to generation. Hauntingly beautiful." - Fiona Davis

"Nathan Gower takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through time and emotional turmoil in The Act of Disappearing, a poignant story that blends history and personal struggle. With each turn of the page, the characters became more real, their struggles and hopes more palpable. I found myself both satisfied and saddened when I got to the final page." - Angela Jackson-Brown

"The Act of Disappearing is a riveting read. Gower's writing is gorgeous and the plot adeptly woven with unexpected twists. This is a fantastic debut, and I'm already eager for what he writes next." - Katrina Kittle

"This is a saga of a small-town girl, dutiful and kind--perhaps more than most--whose life is made unbearable by what are now nearly by-gone mores. Whatever the current standards oppressing those who are finding their own way, The Act of Disappearing stills a moment of time with all the poignancy of a Shakespearian tragedy." - Sena Jeter Naslund

"This is a book of hard-biting realism and tender mercies. A triumph for its writer." - Elaine Neil Orr

"A thrilling story, remarkably told, Nathan Gower's debut The Act of Disappearing is as propulsive as it is moving." - Lara Prescott

"This elegantly written story examines what it means to be a woman and a mother, all with a compelling mystery at its center. The Act of Disappearing is an incredible debut, and I cried real tears as Gower brought this heart-aching story to its beautiful and painful conclusion." - Jenna Satterthwaite

"A remarkable novel about a community's secrets and silences, familial inheritances and myths, and the power of sharing hidden stories." - Carter Sickels


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