I was on Weekend Edition speaking with NPR host Scott Simon about A Separation, Greek mourners, and unnamed narrators. The segment is here.
Two wonderful (and wonderfully astute) reviews:
Saul Anton in BOMB: 'A Separation is hewn of taut, sturdy sentences that probe the folds of everyday life . . . As it develops, the interpersonal microcosm Kitamura sketches evolves into a case study of our global, twenty-first century macrocosm - of how the great distances that characterize our digital global village hollow out the connection and intimacy people crave.'
Anthony Domestico in the San Francisco Chronicle: 'Katie Kitamura's A Separation should be added to the list of superb novels of romantic endings. Kitamura, like Ferrante and Cusk, is interested in writerly passivity, in how the self-effacement called forth by the writer's craft might complicate the writer's life, especially the female writer's life. A Separation displays Kitamura's stylistic control once again. The writing is lucid, cool, often muted . . . Kitamura creates an atmosphere of dreadful expectation. 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.'
Delighted to announce that Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Alien Covenant) has optioned film rights to 'A Separation' - full announcement in Deadline.
'A Separation' is reviewed by Alexandra Schwartz in the February 6 issue of The New Yorker: "Kitamura is a writer with a visionary, visual imagination and a bold symbolist streak. In A Separation, Kitamura has made consciousness her territory. The book is all mind, and an observant, taut, astringent mind it is."