As part of our Best Books of 2013 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.


The future of Red Hook, Brooklyn, hinges upon the mysterious events of one sweltering evening, when two teenage girls take a pink raft out onto the river. One returns, bloody and cold. The other is never seen again. The neighborhood—both haunted and headed toward gentrification—is never again the same.

Unfolding through prose both tense and vibrant, Visitation Street races along as it unravels the mystery of June's fate, simultaneously begging for every word to be savored. And while this urgency makes for thrilling read, it also brings to life a chorus of aching characters, each tied to the grungy world of Red Hook, a "neighborhood below sea level and sinking."

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