Visitation Street: A Novel

Visitation Street: A Novel

by Ivy Pochoda

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062249913
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 25,834
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ivy Pochoda grew up in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and is a former professional squash player. She is the author of The Art of Disappearing and Visitation Street. She now lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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Visitation Street 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
JonathanBell More than 1 year ago
Ivy Pochoda has written a great thriller in Visitation Street. The characters are interesting. The story unfolds at the perfect pace. This is a real page turner. Hard to put down.
KarenWalters More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It revs up fast and is filled with twists and turns. Characters like the barfly Julliard drop out keep the story interesting. This one is a real page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book rambled on and on and there was no real mystery here. It was clear from the start what happened to the girls. I continued to read to see if the conclusion was different than the obvious, and it was not. I did not like this book and felt it was kind of a waste of time for me.
JudithMoMo More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book but did not find it compelling,meaning, it did not compel me to move forward. It is written very well, the characters are very real, the writing is intelligent. and she captures her old neighborhood with wonderful natural flavors. I think I may have expected more because Dennis Lehane highly endorsed it....I did not feel the need to read to find out what happened, there was none of that. Great story, but I didn't have a hard time putting it down....and that's how I know if I love the story/book.
MSYogaChick More than 1 year ago
I chose this book initially because it's a mystery, who-done-it. But as I became absorbed in the story, I was far more interested in getting to know the primary and secondary characters and less obsessed with solving the central mystery. Don't get me wrong...the mystery is important, but the characters and their racially diverse neighborhood is very compelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character development. I felt like I knew each character well and never wanted this book to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A top notch second novel from an emerging talent.  More than a mystery -- a compelling and insightful examination of the intricate interpersonal relationships in a complex New York neighborhood.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
The author paints a vivid portrait of Brooklyn’s Red Hook section, an area alongside the East River which juxtaposes predominantly white residents of the waterside two- and three-story brick houses with its nearby minority-filled housing projects and abandoned warehouses . The tale opens in the middle of a heat wave, when two fifteen-year old girls, Valerie and June, Catholic school students, follow the seductive call of adventure to escape the boredom of their lives (a recurring theme throughout the novel), taking a small pink raft into the water a short walk away from their homes. Almost predictably, their little boat is no match for the strong currents. The outcome: Val is discovered by an area resident, unconscious; June is nowhere to be found, and the worst is feared. The remainder of the book describes the effects of the tragedy on the neighborhood, told from various points of view, most profoundly Val’s, almost literally haunted by the scenes replayed on a constant loop in her mind, filled with guilt at not having saved her friend. Those are nearly constant themes of the book as well: guilt, and the living being haunted by the dead, or those feared dead. Red Hook, with its history of drugs, racism, and similar ills, comes alive as much as any of the fascinating characters who live and work there in this author’s poetic prose. This reader knows the area well, and it is very realistically portrayed here. The blue-collar residents hope for salvation with the eagerly anticipated arrival of large cruise ships at the new passenger terminal, while meanwhile scraping by as best they can. The novel is not at all what I expected, which was a crime novel along the lines of the books by Dennis Lehane, under whose imprint this book was published, the second under his aegis. In that sense I was somewhat disappointed, I must admit. But the book is quite original, and I suspect that my disappointment will not be shared by most readers.
nuee More than 1 year ago
Humor, sadness, conflict, racism, stupidity, brilliance - if humans can be it or do it, it is in this book. Red Hook is a microcosm of where we all live. That there is a crime to solve adds to the mix and waiting for the ship to arrive is frosting on the cake - well, frosting that is pretty but has a bad taste. Read it.
JBernardo More than 1 year ago
The author managed to capture the entire Red Hook experience and I was so surprised considering she was this white girl. I grew up in Carroll Gardens and was shocked how she got the grittiness of Red Hook so accurately. Really interesting story that kept me reading until it was done. Good story. Loved it! Can't wait for her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading.
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Just an average book.
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Great book! This was an interesting story of loss, love, discovery, changes, friendship, giving and grieving. It focuses on a handful of people and how there lives interconnect. Great story!
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