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A Separation (Hardcover)

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Kitamura has masterfully, and with a haunting kind of precision, crafted a whip-smart and beautifully atmospheric novel of the secrets we all carry and the questions we are constantly asking. The book revolves around our unnamed narrator and protagonist and her search for husband who has gone missing on a Grecian coast that, like her marriage, has quietly burned to the ground. I was blown away by this novel and its constant, delicate simmering, every character calculating and visceral. Kitamura's story didn't take long to boil over and when it did, it was a fast and satisfying burn. A Separation is not to be missed.

— From Claire



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

"Kitamura is a writer with a visionary, visual imagination." --The New Yorker

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: 9780399576102
ISBN-10: 039957610X
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English