Julia Phillips

Hanna Pylvainen

Julia Phillips is the bestselling author of the novel Disappearing Earth, a propulsive, emotionally engaging novel about the intricate bonds of family and community, set in a Russia unlike any we have seen before. Her debut was a finalist for the National Book Award and one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year. The NYT Book Review called it “Superb…. Brilliant…. Phillips’s deep examination of loss and longing … is a testament to the novel’s power,” and the Los Angeles Review of Books called it “a sophisticated and powerful literary thriller. . . . A knock-out.”  Phillips’ second novel, Bear, has been hailed as one of the most anticipated books of 2024, and it will be published in June. Bear is the mesmerizing tale of two sisters whose lives are upended by an unexpected visitor, a mythical story about the bonds of sisterhood and the mysteries of the animals that live among us—and within us. Author Ann Patchett raves, Bear is “thrilling and propulsive, glorious and terrifying. Julia Phillips is a brilliant writer.” Bookpage says, “Bear takes us to a wild, captivating place, just as Phillips did in her debut, Disappearing Earth.” A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for The New York Times, ​The Atlantic, and The Paris Review. She is on the board of the Crime Victims Treatment Center, a nonprofit that helps people heal from violence. She teaches at the Randolph College MFA program and lives with her family in Brooklyn.