A Separation

A Separation

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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 and search for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she's not even sure if she wants to find him. Adrift in the wild landscape, she traces the disintegration of their relationship, and discovers she understands less than she thought about the man she used to love. A story of intimacy and infidelity, A Separation is about the gulf that divides us from the lives of others and the narratives we create for ourselves. As the narrator reflects upon her love for a man who may never have been what he appeared, Kitamura propels us into the experience of a woman on the brink of catastrophe.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780399576102
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 22 cm.


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Separating from her faithless husband, only to be drawn into the investigation of his disappearance, a young woman travels to a remote region of the southern Peloponnese, where she traces the failure of the relationship and discovers how little she knew about the man she once loved.

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Dec 10, 2018

from Marsha

Nov 04, 2018

PBS NewsHour - NYT book club pick,

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.

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.

Nov 03, 2017

A long slog to an unsatisfying ending.

Oct 04, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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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