“A slow burn of a novel that gathers its great force and intensity through careful observation and a refusal to accept old, shopworn narratives of love and loss.” —Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation
“A novel so seamless, that follows its path with such consequence, that even minor deviations seem loaded with meaning. Wonderful.” —Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of My Struggle
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 the guilt that 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.
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.
A Separation 3 out of 5based on
5 months ago
Not a book for the depressed or sad among us. Interesting & somewhat suspenseful but gloomy throughout. No joy even in nature - a burned landscape to match the embittered emotions of most of the characters. Meditations on life, marriage, death, grief, guilt & purpose. A heavy short book.
More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish it. The main character is *always* inside her own head, and the author's love of commas - once noticed, never not noticed - just killed it for me. I never even got to when the SPOILER happens.
5 months ago
Superb book with terrific writing and great phrasing. It was billed as a psychological novel and it was. The main character living through a separation that had to be kept secret was fascinating as was her mother in law's oppressive nature. The scenes and food in Greece were appetizing as were the hotel characters.
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