The Act of Disappearing (Original)

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Mira Books
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5.28 X 7.95 X 1.02 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Nathan Gower is Professor of English at Campbellsville University. He holds an MFA in fiction from Spalding University and a PhD in humanities with an emphasis in aesthetics and creativity from the University of Louisville. He lives with his family in central Kentucky.
"An exquisite exploration of motherhood and madness and the cost of withholding the truth from generation to generation. Hauntingly beautiful."
--Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

"A thrilling story, remarkably told, Nathan Gower's debut The Act of Disappearing is as propulsive as it is moving."
--Lara Prescott, New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept

--The Washington Post

"Nathan Gower takes us to the most intimate spaces of his characters' lives, with the rich prose, tolerance, and page-turning realism of a young John Steinbeck."
--Simon Van Booy, author of Night Came with Many Stars

"The Act of Disappearing is a perfectly calibrated balance of propulsive suspense and elegant prose, resulting in a complex and beautifully written debut. The novel introduces readers to compelling characters and conjures different time periods and places so vividly that they will feel the real world is falling away as they disappear into its pages."
--Silas House, author of Lark Ascending

"A riveting read."
--Historical Novel Society

"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, author of Made for You

"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, author of Ahab's Wife

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

"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, author of Morning in This Broken World

"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, author of When Stars Rain Down

"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, author of Marrying Kind

"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, author of Mary Jane

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