Intimacies

Longlist, National Book Awards 2021 for Fiction

ISBN 9780399576164
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
Katie Kitamura

Katie Kitamura’s most recent novel, A Separation, was a finalist for the Premio Gregor von Rezzori and a New York Times Notable Book. (Photo credit: Martha Reta) More about this author >

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FROM THE PUBLISHER:

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.

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