Visitation Street

Visitation Street

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780062249913
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A great example of literary crime fiction. The mystery revolves around the case of two teenagers who take a raft out on the bay on a hot, summer night but only one returns. This book also explores a vivid group of characters and their place in the community.

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.


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ScorchingSun
Mar 31, 2017

At page 68: I don't have the stamina to keep reading.
Author writes very well, descriptive and poetic. It was a pleasure to read about each character's individual story, their feelings, fears and dreams.
But it seemed more like a collection of aimless short stories with no point in sight.

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CMLibrary_lturner
Feb 29, 2016

It’s summer. They’re 15-years-olds. And they’re restless. Red Hook, Brooklyn residents June and `Val` decide an evening raft outing is a ticket to fun. How wrong. Sometime later, a teacher and musician Jonathan discovers Val who is unconscious by the water. And she`s alone. A hospital stay and recover time don`t change the distributing facts: June has disappeared and Valerie has no memory of what happened to her. The contemplative novel follows a few in the community impacted by the missing teen including a college-bound young man and witness of the evening named Cree and bodega owner Fadi who writes about missing June in his self-styled community newsletter. The diverse community is placed under a close lens for reactions and responses to the missing person.

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Pisinga
Dec 04, 2014

I didn't like it too much at the beginning. But with each read page I could start to feel characters more and more like real human beings.

onedirectioner Oct 16, 2014

so good....

mrsgail5756 Jan 08, 2014

A very good book. Not to be missed.

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italophile
Jan 04, 2014

306 pp.

ChristchurchLib Dec 02, 2013

Comparisons have been made to Dennis Lehane for this first novel. It’s set in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a depressed waterfront community. It’s a mystery (two girls venture out on a raft one night and only one returns) but it’s a subtle one and the portrait of a rundown community just managing to get by is convincing and memorable.

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BlueHippo
Nov 12, 2013

This was good, but not outstanding. An interesting set-up and well-developed characters.

Beadyida Oct 25, 2013

I enjoyed this book so much that I am taking the time to rate it. The writing reminds me of a John Steinbeck novel with interesting characters. The story is rich but very relatable to today's issues.

I returned the book today and miss it already.

emily8 Sep 07, 2013

write more books - absolutely reco-
mmend this book from 16 to whatever age - terrific beginning of a career from former squash player - thanks Ivy

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