A Separation by Katie Kitamura
A Novel

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There are interesting ideas here, but the author’s character and themes fail to make the desired impact. Kitamura is obviously a sophisticated and talented writer...But her uninspiring narrator ultimately makes A Separation a curious yet frustrating read.
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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

"[T]he literary Gone Girl of 2017." —The Millions 

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 Katie Kitamura

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Katie Kitamura is based in New York. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wired, and The Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.
 
Published February 7, 2017 by Riverhead Books. 236 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lucy Christopher on Jul 01 2017

There are interesting ideas here, but the author’s character and themes fail to make the desired impact. Kitamura is obviously a sophisticated and talented writer...But her uninspiring narrator ultimately makes A Separation a curious yet frustrating read.

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