Visitation Street

  • by Ivy Pochoda
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, 15-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.


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Customer Reviews

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Visitation Street - An odd place to visit

This book defies categorization, in my view: part mystery, part class struggle study, part mood piece. Interesting characters and situations, the story told in overlapping vignettes from various character's points of view. It all adds up to a well written slice of life in a seemingly contemporary New York neighborhood, its residents alternately struggling not to slide into poverty, or struggling to rise from it.

The narrator seems sluggish at first, but stay with him - he improves as the story revs up and the characters develop. He does a good job with the variety of character types, each distinguishable without specific identification for each conversation. it may also be just really good writing.

Don't listen to this when in the mood for fast-paced action. It is in there, but this is a story primarily about the perception of individuals about their surroundings. A very satisfying character study.
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- Janet


What would have made Visitation Street better?

I enjoyed the character descriptions but there were just too many and the book didn't really add up to be a mystery.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ivy Pochoda again?

No, I will not be looking for any other of her works.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Just overload. There were so many characters introduced and some of them were really interesting. It was kind of like jumping into an ocean of people with a microscope. The people that you pass by are examined closely, but just briefly because you're still falling.

Any additional comments?

There was some really good writing in the book, but for me, I'm all about the mystery. And this book seemed to fail in that respect.

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- Erin Rednour

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio