A Separation

A Separation

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780399576102
Branch Call Number: FIC Kitam
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 22 cm

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mgross225
Dec 10, 2018

from Marsha

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goodfox
Nov 04, 2018

PBS NewsHour - NYT book club pick,
Nov

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lshabon
Jun 21, 2018

Felt as though I was reading a rough draft of a novel that hasn't been fully fleshed out. The characters felt flat and emotionless and the plot non-existent.

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harrissusanc
Dec 11, 2017

A young wife narrates her separation from her husband (and almost everything else) on her search in Greece. Not your typical infidelity story, the Rachel Cusk voice and character grows oddly and gradually distanced and disturbed by all worldly mores. Slow and less developed first half, could have been sharper and shorter for a better read.

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LizzieCent
Nov 03, 2017

A long slog to an unsatisfying ending.

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lnbrarian
Oct 04, 2017

A little... boring? But I was compelled enough to finish it.

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drichards1701
Jul 10, 2017

I'm always on the lookout for a good mystery and it was rated very well commercially. Usually I will stick with anything but this was too painful to finish. Very slow. Uninteresting characters and plot. Disappointing.

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m0mmyl00
Jun 12, 2017

"A woman" (she is never named), travels to Greece in search of her husband, Christopher. Her purpose is to inform him that she wants a divorce, but she's also going at the behest of his mother, who is concerned that she cannot contact him. No one knows it yet, but that's because he's dead. Once in Greece, she learned that he has continued his practice of constant philandering. Ultimately, he was found dead; there are no suspects, no leads, and no motive other than random robbery. Arrangements are made for his body to be shipped back to the states.
This book is engrossing, not because of the plot but because the woman's thoughts, reactions, fears, self-governing machinations are made wholly available to the reader. She is torn between sadness and relief at the ending of her marriage. And she peers into her own psyche to determine the source and meaning of every nuance of feeling.

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laphampeak
Jun 04, 2017

I read with expectation as the story moved to lack of typical completion. The writing has more style than story so I enjoyed how the author took us on the journey that departed from the more typical search for missing person or who committed the crime.

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llwboston
Jun 04, 2017

I gave up a little less than halfway through, just not "mesmerized" by the endless thought processes of the narrator, who thinks a great deal but seems relentlessly distant from what is actually happening to her. I was curious enough about the disappearance to skip to the ending, which was sufficiently unsatisfying to make me glad I did not spend any more time on the meandering text.

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