Intimacies - Katie Kitamura

Intimacies

By Katie Kitamura

  • Release Date: 2021-07-20
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
4
From 71 Ratings

Description

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTION
NATIONAL BESTSELLER

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE SUMMER READS


“One of the best novels I’ve read in 2021.” – Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“A perfect novel—taut and seductive.” —Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life and Filthy Animals

Intimacies is a haunting, precise, and morally astute novel that reads like a psychological thriller…. Katie Kitamura is a wonder.” —Dana Spiotta, author of Wayward and Eat the Document

A novel from the author of A Separation, an electrifying story about a woman caught between many truths.


An interpreter has come to The Hague to escape New York and work at the International Court. A woman of many languages and identities, she is looking for a place to finally call home.
 
She's drawn into simmering personal dramas: her lover, Adriaan, is separated from his wife but still entangled in his marriage. Her friend Jana witnesses a seemingly random act of violence, a crime the interpreter becomes increasingly obsessed with as she befriends the victim's sister. And she's pulled into an explosive political controversy when she’s asked to interpret for a former president accused of war crimes.
 
A woman of quiet passion, she confronts power, love, and violence, both in her personal intimacies and in her work at the Court. She is soon pushed to the precipice, where betrayal and heartbreak threaten to overwhelm her, forcing her to decide what she wants from her life.

Reviews

  • Gripping, in a quiet way.

    5
    By MP in SP
    I read this book in a few hours, gripped by silent tensions. lots of big questions to think about, and some unresolved aspects that feel entirely natural and true. The blunt, reportorial style was a bit odd at first, but then I saw it as a perfect fit for the narrator’s character, a reflection of her interpreter role.
  • So disappointing

    1
    By duggi ann
    The summary of this book looked great, but did nor deliver- at all. Severely lacked any story and character development. Writing was ostentatious and nothing really connected. So bad.