A Separation by Katie Kitamura

A Separation by Katie Kitamura is presented as a mystery (woman goes to Greece to locate her husband, despite the fact that they had separated months before), but is actually a story focused on grief, absences, and our expectations around the longevity of love.

I picked up A Separation after reading Kitamura’s Intimacies, which I particularly enjoyed because the main character worked as a translator, and this provided an interesting perspective on the nuance and intention of words. I was pleased to discover that the main character in this book was also a translator –

Translation is not unlike an act of channeling, you write and you do not write the words. Continue reading

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

How had it begun? Like everything: with mothers and fathers.

And it is around mothers and fathers that Celeste Ng weaves the intricate story of a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio, in Everything I Never Told You.

The story begins with the disappearance of Marilyn and James Lee’s ‘favourite’ daughter, Lydia. The family and police begin searching for her immediately.
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Things That Are Making Me Happy This Week

01. Readers, make a beeline for MTC’s The Sound Inside – packed with literary references, and very cleverly structured. I can’t find a complete reading list, but this one includes a quote about Franzen that made me laugh out loud.

“I told her that reading Jonathan Franzen is the equivalent of eating a few servings of truck-stop-quality fruit cocktail and then going on a spirited jog down a well- appointed Upper-middle-class street with giant initials on all the garages.” Continue reading