A 2021 pick for Barack Obama and the New York Times, Intimacies is a dazzling exploration of truth and power 'She reminds me how high the moral stakes of fiction can be' Garth Greenwell An interpreter has come to The Hague to escape New York and work at the International Court. 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. 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. 'Kitamura has made the existential thriller all her own...simply stunning' Brandon Taylor 'Charged with tension and power' Avni Doshi 'Gorgeous, destabilising' Raven Leilani


ISBN13: 9781529112078
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 8 Mar 2018
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London,United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 1.4(W)
Weight (gm):

Author Biography

Dr Gareth Moore (B.Sc (Hons) M.Phil Ph.D) is the author of a wide range of brain-training and puzzle books for both children and adults, including Anti-stress Puzzles, Ultimate Dot to Dot, Brain Games for Clever Kids, Lateral Logic and Extreme Mazes. He is also the creator of online brain training site BrainedUp.com, and runs daily puzzle site PuzzleMix.com.


Intimacies is a novel about the ruthlessness of power, the check of virtue, and the purportedly neutral bureaucracy meant to mediate between them. Katie Kitamura is among the most brilliant and profound writers at work today; she reminds me how high the moral stakes of fiction can be. * Garth Greenwell *
The thrill of Intimacies is in the taut precision of its language, which rings and hums off the page. It's forensic and inquiring, but also bright and alive. You forget to breathe while reading it, and feel with each crafted sentence, each building thought, that you're in the company of a magnificent writer. * Samantha Harvey *
Katie Kitamura writes about being an outsider like no other author. Quiet moments are charged with tension and power. In short, the book is remarkable - beautifully written and intelligent. * Avni Doshi *
Intimacies is a perfect novel-taut and seductive. Kitamura has made the existential thriller all her own, and she effortlessly negotiates the personal and the geopolitical with a complex moral nuance. Simply stunning. * Brandon Taylor *
Saturated with enigmatic longing, Intimacies peels back the layers of sympathy, antipathy, and morality that both connect and divide us from others, unearthing something precious beneath. Katie Kitamura is a revelatory interpreter of the human heart, in all its brilliance and obscurity. * Alexandra Kleeman *
Intimacies: A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2021

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