Katie Kitamura - A Separation
“…it was no small thing, dismantling the edifice of a marriage,” the protagonist of Kitamura’s taut third novel notes. It becomes yet more challenging when, six months into their informal separation, the narrator’s husband, Christopher, disappears in southern Greece. As his wife sets out after him, she’s first unsure if she wants to find him and later, as she tries to reconcile her memories with what she learns about the man she’s married to, wonders if she even knows him. The author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, Kitamura here turns a story of emotional intimacy and betrayal into a psychological thriller.