Summary and book reviews of Disappearing Into View by Andrew Stone

Disappearing Into View

A Novel

by Andrew K. Stone

Disappearing Into View by Andrew K. Stone X
Disappearing Into View by Andrew K. Stone
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

     Not Yet Rated
  • Paperback:
    Nov 2001, 260 pages

  • Rate this book


Buy This Book

About this Book

Book Summary

Unable to come to terms with his father's horrifying secret, Colin decides to live 'visibly invisible' on the streets - but events force him to confront the past and his new found place in the world.

Colin "Birdy" Franklin believes he has removed himself from society. Unable to come to terms with his father's horrifying secret, Birdy has decided to live "visibly invisible" on the streets of Boston. But his existence changes dramatically when he meets Vince, an illicit entrepreneur who employs the homeless to supply restaurants with substandard food. Cajoled into working for Vince, Birdy begins to understand the complexities of a society he never really left. But when these complexities turn deadly, Birdy must confront the events that shaped his past in order to reconcile - and survive in - his newly found place in the world.

In his stunning second novel, Andrew K. Stone explores the subjectivity of good and evil in accordance to our status in society. As in his breakout novel All Flowers Die, Stone demonstrates his flair for balancing an engaging plot, rich thematic structure and finely developed characters to tell a story that's both moving and memorable.

Chapter One
The Legend of the Squab

When I was fifteen years old my home was blown up, but that's not the reason I'm homeless. After the explosion - and the subsequent aftershocks - that shattered my world, I made a conscious decision to remove myself from society. I don't regret that decision. My ten years on the street have been an invaluable experience and I've learned many lessons, most particularly how wrong I was. But I never would have realized this had I not run away. Before I left society, questions and doubts enshrouded me like a second skin. However, the transience of street life makes it difficult for too much moss to gather, and I suppose it was only natural that eventually I would have stumbled upon larger revelations. These came at a cost of pain and loss but the alternative would have been much worse. Remaining stagnant, my second skin would have solidified and, as a result of this emotional alchemy, I would have been sealed off to the point of ...

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!

Reviews

BookBrowse Review

BookBrowse

Stone's second novel combines an intriguing plot with well developed three dimensional characters. The plot moves along at a brisk pace and the characters will stay with the reader well after the book is finished. Overall, strongly recommended to those who like to be challenged by gritty, realistic fiction without excess violence.  

Media Reviews

Paula Bodah, Editor, Rhode Island Monthly
In Disappearing Into View, Stone illuminates the infinite human capacity for evil, compassion, and forgiveness at all levels of humanity.

The Compulsive Reader
A gripping tale...intense....

The Vinland Journal
Stone's writing is masterful.

BookCrossings.com
Extraordinary. The writing is superb.

The Anchorage Daily News
Disappearing Into View reads like a modern version of Dostoyevsky's Notes From the Underground - in reverse. A homeless man stalled in self-reflection meanders toward insight and redemption, helped by hookers, the homeless, fetishes and dubious trips into the subway.

Jane Crosier, Host of Literary Landscape, CKCU-FM, Ottawa
Disappearing Into View has the same innovative style and penetrating psychological insight that make Andrew K. Stone's first novel, All Flowers Die, a success. Stone's gritty, street-wise language speaks volumes, and his use of complex and realistically drawn characters gives the work a highly charged level of emotional tension.

Janice Harvey, Worcester Magazine
Andrew K. Stone possesses a marvelous ear for dialogue...and a talent for creating pure-hearted characters who will long remain in the reader's memory.

Doug Holder, The Cambridge Chronicle
...skillful...a work of fiction that has broad implications on the societal and personal level.

Reader Reviews

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!

Readalikes

Readalikes Full readalike results are for members only

If you liked Disappearing Into View, try these:

  • Yellow jacket

    Yellow

    by Janni Visman

    Published 2006

    About this book

    An intense, tautly crafted novel of sensual manipulation and suspense that confirms the arrival of a fantastic new talent.

  • The Ha-Ha jacket

    The Ha-Ha

    by Dave King

    Published 2006

    About this book

    A deeply moving and unforgettable first novel about the cost of war and the infinite worth of human connection.

Non-members are limited to two results. Become a member
Search Readalikes again
How we choose readalikes
Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: In Extremis
    In Extremis
    by Lindsey Hilsum
    International journalist Marie Colvin pushed the limits in her work and her personal life. Widely ...
  • Book Jacket: Vita Nostra
    Vita Nostra
    by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
    Vita Nostra by Ukrainian authors Sergey and Marina Dyachenko is one of those novels that defies ...
  • Book Jacket: And The Ocean Was Our Sky
    And The Ocean Was Our Sky
    by Patrick Ness
    Patrick Ness has developed a reputation for experimental literature executed well, and his latest, ...
  • Book Jacket: Let It Bang
    Let It Bang
    by RJ Young
    Every interracial love story is an exercise in complications. R.J. Young and Lizzie Stafford's ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
Unsheltered
by Barbara Kingsolver

A timely novel that explores the human capacity for resiliency and compassion.

About the book
Join the discussion!

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    A Ladder to the Sky
    by John Boyne

    A seductive, unputdownable psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win Severance

Severance by Ling Ma

An offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire that is featured on more than twenty 2018 "Must Read" lists!

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

I Ain't O U T F L S

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.