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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
“We all have a secret self, parts of our personalities that are unknowable, even to the people closest to us. In A Separation, Kitamura stays largely inside the narrator's head, musing on a great many things: the muddled truth that can exist between married couples, the precise pain of infidelity, the myriad tiny betrayals we commit every day. Her prose is perfect, spare and beautiful, and her observations are spot-on. Some of her sentences were so good they startled me out of the story, which might sound like a bad thing, but it really isn't. It just meant I spent a little longer with this book, my mind wandering like the narrator's.”
— Lauren Peugh (E), Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ