The author of two well-received novels, Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, Katie Kitamura vaults to another whole realm in reach and accomplishment in her taut, brilliant, devastating new novel, A Separation (Riverhead). There is a marital separation - and then there is so much more. “A Separation opens up fissures of ambiguity in emotional experiences too often misunderstood as monolithic—grief, desire, estrangement—and plumbs these crevices for all their complexities. It has both urgency and afterglow: I read it quickly, but didn’t stop thinking about it for a long time once I was done.” —Leslie Jamison. “The burnt landscape, the disappearance of a man, the brilliantly cold, precise, and yet threatening, churning tone of the narrator—make A Separation an absolutely mesmerizing work of art.” —Rachel Kushner. “A novel so seamless, that follows its path with such consequence, that even minor deviations seem loaded with meaning. Wonderful.” —Karl Ove Knausgaard.