A Separation

A Separation

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"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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 229 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 28mm | 340g
  • Riverhead Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 039957610X
  • 9780399576102
  • 173,884

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"Kitamura's prose gallops, combining Elena Ferrante-style intricacies with the tensions of a top-notch whodunit." --Elle "Thrilling" --New York Magazine "A Separation looks poised to be the literary Gone Girl of 2017." --The Millions "This novel has everything I love in a book: love, loss, a journey, and stunning writing." --Martha Stewart "Spell-binding" --Real Simple "Prepare to feel, well, everything - this is a raw look at an emotionally charged life event." --Marie Claire "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 "The burnt landscape, the disappearance of a man, the brilliantly cold, precise, and yet threatening, churning tone of the narrator--make A Separation an absolutely mesmerizing work of art." --Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers "Profound and gripping. I had that rare sense of feeling like I was in a creation specifically made out of words, that couldn't have been made out of any other substance. Kitamura combines the calm complexity of Joseph Conrad with the pacing and reveal of Patricia Highsmith. This novel is a wonder and a pleasure." --Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances and Little Labors "A Separation opens up fissures of ambiguity in emotional experiences too often misunderstood as monolithic--grief, desire, estrangement--and plumbs these crevices for all their complexities. It has both urgency and afterglow: I read it quickly, but didn't stop thinking about it for a long time once I was done." --Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams "[M]ark your calendar for sleeplessness, because if you're anything like me, you'll read it straight through without stopping...Kitamura's spare language somehow seems barely able to control the emotion it signifies." --LitHub "Tautly austere, lyrical and jarring...For readers seeking profound examinations of challenging relationships . . . Kitamura's oeuvre will be a compelling discovery." --Library Journal [STARRED REVIEW] "A spare and stunning portrait of a marital estrangement... [B]uilds into a hypnotic meditation on infidelity and the unknowability of one's spouse. In precise and muted prose, the entire story unspools in the coolly observant mind of a young woman... A minutely observed novel of infidelity unsettles its characters and readers." --Kirkus [STARRED REVIEW] "At once cool and burning, Kitamura's immersive, probing psychological tale benefits from its narrator's precise observations and nimble use of language." --Booklist "Kitamura is a major talent." --The Boston Globe "A startling, discomfiting work, written in razor-sharp prose... A brilliant book early in what will surely be a major career." --Financial Times "What Kitamura summons brilliantly is the sensation of a repressed and repressive society laid bare - erotically, psychologically and politically. She writes with equal authority about the weight of a man's gaze on a disrobing woman and the sensation of being exposed by history's glare... [C]onfirms Kitamura's prodigious talent." --The New York Times Book Review "Hemingway's returned to life--and this time, he's a woman." --Tom McCarthy "A mesmerizing novel, one whose force builds inexorably as its story unfolds in daring, unexpected strokes... Be warned: you'll find yourself reading long past midnight, out of breath and wide awake. This is a bold and powerful book." --Julie Orringer "A watchful and magnificent work. From the first page, Kitamura is in complete control, both of the prose and the story it carries. She is a skilled hunter and we are her helpless prey." --Teju Coleshow more

About Katie Kitamura

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.show more
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