A Separation

  • by Katie Kitamura
  • Narrated by Katherine Waterston
  • 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 the guilt that 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.

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What the Critics Say

"A slow burn of a novel that gathers its great force and intensity through careful observation and a refusal to accept old, shopworn narratives of love and loss." (Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation)
"A novel so seamless, that follows its path with such consequence, that even minor deviations seem loaded with meaning. Wonderful." (Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of My Struggle)

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Not a Thriller, but Still Great

This book is billed in a number of places as a literary thriller, and it definitely does have a good degree of mystery and intrigue but no in the sense that you might expect from a thriller. So, if that's what you're looking for, something more action-oriented with a crazy plot this is not your book.

That being said, this book is excellent in many ways and is definitely worth a credit. The voicing is superb and the narrator does a great job of diving into Kitamura's hypnotic tone. It is incredibly slow though, I was playing this at X1.4 speed and it was ideal but when I went down to normal speed it sounded ridiculous.

It is a literary exploration of grief, marriage, identity and infidelity. Kitamura is a master at exploring her character's (only one real character to speak of - the protagonist) emotions. She does so subtly, very subtly; tip-toeing around the immense tension and conflict inherent in this books primary situation. She doesn't confront the conflict head on, and that's where some listeners may be put-off, waiting for a big reveal or a titanic moment where it all clicks.

It doesn't click plot-wise like a twisty thriller would, but it did hit me hard somewhere more subterranean, maybe spiritual, maybe existential.
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- Michael - Audible

monotonous narration....blah plot...

monotonous narration and blah plot...very anti climactic...very disappointing very very disappointing.... I did not enjoy this book at all...I
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- Monique Sahib

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio