A SEP­A­RA­TION, by Katie Ki­ta­mura, Allen & Un­win.

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Af­ter five years of mar­riage, an un­named woman – we know only that she is youngish, Bri­tish and works as a trans­la­tor – agrees to sep­a­rate from her hus­band Christo­pher, who mys­te­ri­ously asks her to keep their sep­a­ra­tion se­cret, be­fore he flies off to Greece. The novel opens a month later, when she gets a call from Christo­pher’s high-handed mother, Is­abella, who com­mands her to go and re­trieve her son – but she ar­rives to find he’s van­ished. His room is in dis­ar­ray; she de­tects strange cur­rents run­ning be­tween the ho­tel staff. A mys­tery story, then? In a way, but this is no nor­mal who­dunit or psy­cho-drama. Katie Ki­ta­mura’s real in­ter­est in this cool-eyed, com­pelling novel is mod­ern mar­riage it­self – what it means, how it works, and what hap­pens when it fails.

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