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... show more
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.
Publish date: July 9th 2013
Publisher: Dennis Lehane Books/Ecco
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Quite disappointing given the hype. http://fedpeaches.blogspot.com/2014/03/mumble-mumble-red-hook-mumble-mumble.html
I Don't Want to Visit This StreetThis was a book club read that never grabbed me emotionally, which made it difficult for me to finish. But I did want to see the resolution of the mystery, so I plodded through.Valerie is a fifteen-year-old who lives in Red Hook -- an impoverished harbor town within ...
3.5 StarsJune and Val are 15 year olds spending yet another boring summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn. On one hot night they decide to go for a float on a raft in the East River. Val ends up washed ashore, but June remains missing.Word to the wise – don’t attempt to read this if you’re going to be subje...
UPDATED - 7/22/13 - added a link to today's NY times reviewIf Ivy Pochoda never writes another book, this one would be enough to keep her name on the lips of readers for decades to come. On a hot July night in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, (named, BTW, for the color of its soil and an erstwhile ...
eh...maybe it was the big DENNIS LEHANE written all over the cover and mentioned in reviews and highlights...but i just wasn't overly impressed with Visitation Street; it felt like a New York Mystic River. I do think Pochoda does a good job of creating a sense of place...you could feel the claustrop...