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A Separation (Paperback)

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Usually I prefer to savor so very slowly the books I love. Casting aside those thick with plot, I like soaking in sentences. On occasion, I will come across that strange marriage of heaven and earth, where sentences and plot stand at the altar, prim and consummate. As in Katie Kitamura's astonishingly intelligent novel, though, such marriages, figurative or not, for better or for worse, are made of words, and are never quite what they seemed at the time. But then again, when are we ever so? We will be discussing A Separation for a long while.

— Brad



Named a best book of the year by the New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Refinery29, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, NYLON, BookRiot.

"Kitamura's prose gallops, combining Elena Ferrante-style intricacies with the tensions of a top-notch whodunit." --Elle

This is her story. About the end of her marriage. About what happened when Christopher went missing and she went to find him. These are her secrets, this is what happened...

A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it's time for them to separate. For the moment it's a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she's not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love.

A searing, suspenseful story of intimacy and infidelity, A Separation lays bare what divides us from the inner lives of others. With exquisitely cool precision, Katie Kitamura propels us into the experience of a woman on edge, with a fiercely mesmerizing story to tell.

About the Author

Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399576119
ISBN-10: 0399576118
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English