A Separation (Hardcover)

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Contemplative and mesmerizing, this novel somehow manages to be both quickly flowing and slowly burning.  At times, the narrator seems unsettlingly removed form the circumstances that have brought her to Greece to seek out her estranged husband, but she maintains a sharp sense of observation and imagination throughout.  Her many digressions infuse the story with insight, enriching her thoughts on intimacy, infidelity, the nature of relationships, and her crumbling marriage.  The smooth, seamless prose will enchant you, until you feel as though you are experiencing events firsthand.

— Kelly



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