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“...ambitious and moving...”

“Immersive and multi-layered…”

“Beautifully written, relevant to our times…”

“…an assured and lovely debut novel.”

What a fabulous ride! The characters—both human and tiger—are so alive they practically leap off the page. The drama feels absolutely real. And the urgency of the book’s message has never been greater.
— Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus (National Book Award finalist) and The Good Good Pig
In Katy Yocom’s immersive and multi-layered novel Three Ways to Disappear, Sarah and Quinn confront painful childhood truths and address their neglected sisterhood … Authentic relationships drive the story. Indian regions and the conservation park themselves function as characters, along with tigers Machli and Akbar … Three Ways to Disappear is informative [and] refreshingly complex ...
— Foreword Reviews
For her debut novel, Katy Yocom has created a wonderful piece of environmental fiction. She weaves together a tale about the past, about family, about forgiveness, about the ties that bind people to their culture, and about a magnificent endangered species: the Indian tiger. That she manages to do all this without putting a foot wrong anywhere is a testimony to her talent and to her passion for a world in which all creatures deserve to live their lives without fear. It’s a book whose characters and subject matter will remain with you long after you reach its conclusion.
— Elizabeth George, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Punishment She Deserves
Sensual and sensory, lush with longing, Three Ways to Disappear is an assured and lovely debut novel. You’ll find yourself luxuriating in its language and carried away by its complex and endearing characters. There isn’t one wasted word, and I loved them all.
— Silas House, author of Southernmost
Not since I read Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide have I been moved by another work of environmental fiction as I was with Three Ways to Disappear. Exquisitely written and tenderly narrated, Katy Yocom’s writing is smooth as a knife on a ripe banana, even when it delivers the most horrifying plot point. Yocom is sensitive to the landscape and people she writes about. The impressive nuances of village life she brings to her story are proof of her meticulous research. Man-animal conflict is at the heart of Three Ways to Disappear, blended as it is with a family tragedy, and the author’s well-polished knowledge of the subject of tigers makes it an extremely engaging read. Often, in its narrative beauty, the book bears resemblance to Katharine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, which only further signals the author’s triumph. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
— Prathap Nair, journalist and travel writer
Three Ways to Disappear begins with a focused lens on the endangered Bengal tiger then expands its reach with every page to reveal the interconnectedness of the natural world and fragility of all life. Weaving together the worn threads of ecological balance, this ambitious and moving novel addresses scarcity, climate change, family dynamics, cultural conflict, human accountability, women’s economic autonomy, and most of all, love, in all its wondrous forms. This is a story not just about saving the tigers, but ourselves.
— JoeAnn Hart, author of Addled and Float
Tigers are at the center of this novel, which is both about conservation of the wild and the wild human territory of the heart’s deepest need: to love and be loved. Beautifully written, original, relevant to our times, this is a novel to read and hold for a long time.
— Elaine Neil Orr, author of Swimming Between Worlds
Set partly in India, in a tiger preserve, and partly in the middle-class America of Louisville, Katy Yocom’s courageous novel Three Ways to Disappear brings us closer to our ancient kinship with the environment. Can there be not just a mystical connection but a net of shared dependencies among species? Whether in India or Kentucky, how does the traditional family unit both imprison and sustain its members? Yocom offers an exciting and suspenseful, high-stakes narrative in language both rich and precise. Her characters are as real as the person sitting next to you or looking at you in the mirror.
— Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife; Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette; and The Fountain of St. James Court, or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman
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Leaving behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist, Sarah DeVaughan returns to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers. Meanwhile, at home in Kentucky, her sister, Quinn—also deeply scarred by the past and herself a keeper of secrets—tries to support her sister, even as she fears that India will be Sarah’s undoing.

As Sarah faces challenges in her new job—made complicated by complex local politics and a forbidden love—Quinn copes with their mother’s refusal to talk about the past, her son’s life-threatening illness, and her own increasingly troubled marriage. When Sarah asks Quinn to join her in India, Quinn realizes that the only way to overcome the past is to return to it, and it is in this place of stunning natural beauty and hidden danger that the sisters can finally understand the ways in which their family has disappeared—from their shared history, from one another—and recognize that they may need to risk everything to find themselves again.

With dramatic urgency, a powerful sense of place, and a beautifully rendered cast of characters revealing a deep understanding of human nature in all its flawed glory, Katy Yocom has created an unforgettable novel about saving all that is precious, from endangered species to the indelible bonds among family.

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Finalist, Dzanc Books Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize
Finalist, UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize