Katie Kitamura

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Katie Kitamura joins Writing on the Air this week. The novelist, journalist and art critic will talk about A SEPARATION, released last week by Penguin-Random House.

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A SEPARATION is Katie Kitamura’s third novel.   The book was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, HuffPost, Vulture and The Guardian. Eight foreign translations of A Separation are forthcoming.
Katie is a two-time finalist for the NY Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award for her previous novels, The Longshot (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and Gone to the Forest (Simon & Schuster, 2012).

Katie was raised in California, graduated from Princeton University and has a PhD in American literature from the London Consortium. She has written for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and Frieze. She lives in New York City.


“Hemingway’s returned to life—and this time, he’s a woman.” —Tom McCarthy

“[M]ark your calendar for sleeplessness, because if you’re anything like me, you’ll read it straight through without stopping.” —LitHub

“A mesmerizing novel… Be warned: you’ll find yourself reading long past midnight, out of breath and wide awake. This is a bold and powerful book.” —Julie Orringer

A Separation looks poised to be the literary Gone Girl of 2017.” —The Millions 

“Kitamura is a major talent.” —The Boston Globe

“Unnerving… taut with quiet suspense…..” —NPR

“Kitamura’s prose gallops, combining Elena Ferrante-style intricacies with the tensions of a top-notch whodunit.” —Elle

“[A]n atmospheric and emotionally sophisticated novel that reads like a taut Patricia Highsmith thriller.” —BBC

“Prepare to feel, well, everything – this is a raw look at an emotionally charged life event.” —Marie Claire

“This novel has everything I love in a book: love, loss, a journey, and stunning writing.” —Martha Stewart

“Kitamura is a writer with a visionary, visual imagination… The book is all mind, and an observant, taut, astringent mind it is.” —The New Yorker

“…[A] stunning portrait of a marital estrangement… a hypnotic meditation on infidelity and the unknowability of one’s spouse…” —Kirkus [Starred Review]

“Tautly austere, lyrical and jarring…For readers seeking profound examinations of challenging relationships . . . Kitamura’s oeuvre will be a compelling discovery.” —Library Journal [Starred Review]

“…[So] effortlessly self-aware and perceptive, teeming with dry yet empathetic humor that it’s a challenge not to follow her journey in a single sitting.” —Harper’s Bazaar

“[T]hrilling domestic noir…smart, spare…worth reading for its inventive cadences alone. And there’s more to it than that: surprising turns and honest thoughts on the complexity of loss.” Huffington Post

A Separation displays Kitamura’s stylistic control once again…. Violence of all kinds, not just against other bodies but against other minds, remains Kitamura’s quarry. ‘A Separation’ proves that few stalk such game more patiently or more powerfully.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A watchful and magnificent work. From the first page, Kitamura is in complete control, both of the prose and the story it carries. She is a skilled hunter and we are her helpless prey.” —Teju Cole

“At once cool and burning, Kitamura’s immersive, probing psychological tale benefits from its narrator’s precise observations and nimble use of language.” —Booklist

About A Separation

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. –Penguin Ramdom House

For more information, please see the author’s website. You can also follow her on Twitter.