Visitation Street

Visitation Street

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Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an isolated blue-collar neighborhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, fifteen-year-olds June and Val are looking for fun. Forget the boys, the bottles, the coded whistles. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay. But on the water during the humid night, the girls disappear. Only Val survives, washing ashore in the weeds, bruised and unconscious.

This shocking event echoes through the lives of Red Hook's diverse residents. Fadi, the Lebanese bodega owner, hopes that his shop is a place to share neighborhood news, and he trolls for information about June's disappearance. Cree, just beginning to pull it together after his father's murder, unwittingly makes himself the chief suspect in the investigation, 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's buried deep inside. Her teacher Jonathan, a Juilliard dropout and barfly, wrestles with dashed dreams and a past riddled with tragic sins.

In Visitation Street, Ivy Pochoda combines intensely vivid prose with breathtaking psychological insight to explore a cast of solitary souls, pulled by family, love, betrayal, and hope, who yearn for a chance to break free.

Publisher: Harpercollins, 2007.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062272973
Branch Call Number: eAudio
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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JCLJanineM Aug 31, 2013

The descriptive prose in this book truly captures the setting. The author has created characters I care about with a plot that keeps me involved in the story.

JCLGreggW Jul 22, 2013

Ivy Pochoda's novel VISITATION STREET is an amazing story about a the search for a missing girl in a hot summer in the heart of Red Hook, Brooklyn. (Of course, it's about more than that.) Firmly in the Dennis Lehane/George Pelecanos mold of literary crime fiction, Pochoda gives us a firm sense of... Read More »

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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