Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura
A Novel

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Gone to the Forest is bold for many reasons: not only for the cultural, sexual, historical and national boundaries that Kitamura steps over to get into the minds of her characters. But also for the way she explores the cruelty of colonisation...
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FROM THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LONGSHOT comes this gripping saga about the destruction of a family, a home, and a way of life. Set on a struggling farm in a colonial country teetering on the brink of civil war, Gone to the Forest is a tale of family drama and political turmoil in which fiery storytelling melds with daring, original prose. Since his mother’s death, Tom and his father have fashioned a strained domestic peace, where everything is frozen under the old man’s vicious control. But when a young woman named Carine arrives at the farm, the tension between the two men escalates to the breaking point. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “a major talent,” Kitamura shines in this powerful new novel.
 

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 August 7, 2012 by Free Press. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Gone to the Forest
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Rob Nixon on Nov 09 2012

“Gone to the Forest” may have a limiting frame, but it nonetheless confirms Kitamura’s prodigious talent.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Chris Cox on Feb 24 2013

Gone to the Forest is bold for many reasons: not only for the cultural, sexual, historical and national boundaries that Kitamura steps over to get into the minds of her characters. But also for the way she explores the cruelty of colonisation...

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Hall on Feb 06 2013

The "dislocated" novel is one of the most difficult literary projects...While this novel goes partway to being a disturbing, intelligent vision of colonial tectonics, it remains an unrealised piece of fiction.

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