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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
A Separation: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017


Tuesday, February 14th at 7pm

speaking & signing
A Separation

In Conversation With:
 Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

One of the most anticipated new novels of 2017, A Separation tells the story of a young woman who reluctantly goes searching for her estranged husband when he disappears in the southern Peloponnese and while there, must confront the difficult realities of their relationship. A fantastic new voice in literature, don’t miss Katie Kitamura tonight for a talk and signing!


A mesmerizing, psychologically taut novel about a marriage’s end and the secrets we all carry.

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, alone, she gets word that her ex has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged southern Peloponnese; she reluctantly agrees to go and search for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she’s not even sure if she wants to find him. Adrift in the wild and barren landscape, she traces the failure of their relationship, and finds that she understands less than she thought about the man she used to love.

A story of intimacy, infidelity, and compassion, A Separation is about the gulf that divides us from the lives of others and the narratives we create to mask our true emotions. As the narrator reflects upon her love for a man who may never have been what he appeared, Kitamura propels us into the experience of a woman on the brink of catastrophe. A Separation is a riveting stylistic masterpiece of absence and presence that will leave the reader astonished, and transfixed.


Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for The New York TimesThe GuardianGranta, BOMB, Triple Canopy and is a regular contributor to Frieze.


Antonio Ruiz-Camacho’s debut collection Barefoot Dogs (Scribner) won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction, was a Fiction Finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards, a Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer and PRI’s The World Best/Recommended Book in 2015. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Toluca, Mexico, he moved to the US at the age of 31 and began to write in English at 35. He earned his M.F.A. from UT Austin’s New Writers Project, has been writer-in-residence at Elisabet Ney Museum, and a fellow at the JSK Journalism Program at Stanford, the Dobie Paisano Program, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Yaddo.


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