A woman, unnamed, travels from London to Greece to find her husband, Christopher, whom she plans to ask for a divorce. Separation inheres in A Separation (2017), a fine novel by Katie Kitamura, which has a great deal to do with vicissitudes in people’s lives. Christopher is missing; startling mystery surrounds him. The novel yields the question of how should, or must, we live, but gives no answer. It does give us material compelling and not commercial, seamless and apolitical.

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